Plans for a new specialist school in Lynn, which could cost up to £7 million to build, will be examined by a Norfolk County Council committee today.
Officials have recommended that a three-year investment programme in the county’s schools, worth more than £140 million, is backed by the council’s children’s services committee when it meets in Norwich this morning.
The authority announced in March that social business Catch 22 would sponsor the school, which is to be built in Bryggen Road, subject to government approval.
In a report to the committee, Sheila Lock, the authority’s interim head of children’s services, said the programme was driven by population growth.
She said: “The county council may need up to 20 schools by 2021 to cater for the predicted rise in demand for school places, including in West Norfolk. It is reasonable to assume the number of children requiring specialist education will also rise proportionally.”
The school is expected to cater for around 100 students aged between four and 16 with social, emotional and mental health problems.
The programme also includes £50,000 towards the development of proposals to meet additional demand for school places in North Lynn, if controversial housing plans in the Lynnsport area proceed.