The first vision of a new specialist academy in Lynn has been revealed as parents, residents and other interested parties see the early plans.
Norfolk County Council and academy sponsor Catch22 are inviting those interested in the new academy, in Bryggen Road, to attend a drop-in session later this month.
The session on Monday, September 14, will give parents, residents and local businesses a chance to look at early 3D images of how the school might look, comment on the proposals and find out more about the vision for the new school.
Anyone can drop into the event at the Professional Development Centre in Kilham’s Way between 2pm and 7pm.
Norfolk County Council is funding the development of the school to provide nearly 100 extra places for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in the west of the county.
The aim is to ensure that children have access to an excellent education close to their homes, and receive the necessary specialist support to reintegrate students back into mainstream education or training.
The new all-through school will provide day provision for 96 boys and girls aged four to 16, with 56 places for primary aged children and 40 secondary.
It is hoped that the building project will be completed in time for the building to formally open in the 2016/17 school year.
James Joyce, chairman of children’s services, said: “This school is crucial to young people in the west of the county who have special educational needs and require targeted and appropriate support to ensure that they are receiving the excellent education they deserve.
“At the moment many of these students have to travel long distances to school. This isn’t what is best for them because it is valuable time spent away from their families and communities.
“I am confident that this school will make a big difference to their lives and am excited to see these early plans.”
Next week’s drop-in event has been planned ahead of a planning application being submitted so that interested parties can give their early views on the proposed school.
David Collis, county councillor for Lynn North, said: “This new academy will bring much-needed specialist education placements to King’s Lynn, giving children who have a range of needs the chance to attend a state-of-the-art school much closer to their homes.
“I would invite residents, parents and anyone interested in the new school to visit drop in session and find out more. I am very happy that this event has been set up because it gives people the opportunity to find out what the academy is about.”
Catch22 has been chosen as the sponsor for the new academy. The social business already provides full-time, alternative, secondary education for young people who have been permanently excluded in Norfolk, through Norfolk Include.
Tracy Pepper, director of Education at Catch22 said “Together with Norfolk County Council we aim to create an outstanding Academy. At Catch22, we already provide specialist education to over 1,000 young people and we have high aspirations for all of them.
“We believe all children and young people have the capacity to learn regardless of their life situation.
“It is our role to unlock that learning potential so they can progress and succeed in sustained education and employment. We do this through high quality teaching and learning based on effective relationships that enable the achievement of life skills and meaningful qualifications. The right learning environment is crucial too. The plans unveiled today demonstrate how effectively we are working with the council to design a school tailored to the needs of the learners and the community.”