Consultation over new special school

Parents and carers are being urged to get behind the special school plans, if Daventry’s application is to be sucessful.

The new school will be a free school and, to have its application to the government approved, it needs to demonstrate there is a demand from parents in the area to provide the new facility and places.

No land has yet been earmarked for the project and no building costs given, although the county council estimates annual running costs of around £2.25 to £3 million.

Daventry District Council (DDC) says it has been working with EE4A to identify potential sites for the school, which it is hoped could open in September 2016.

DDC leader Cllr Chris Millar said: “We see the proposal for this school as an important part of Daventry’s educational offering to its community and it would complement and integrate with other educational facilities as part of our vision to regenerate the town. It would reduce the distances children with special needs would be required to travel for school.”

The proposed academy in Daventry would provide specialist provision for children aged four to 19 with high needs, including profound, multiple and severe learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder.

The plan also has the support of Northamptonshire County Council, which identified a need for a special school in the area.

Currently children in the Daventry area with special educational needs have to travel to Northampton or Warwickshire to go to school.

Lyn Worrall, from Welton, has to take her three-year-old son to Northampton every day to nursery at a special school. Jago was left severely brain-damaged after an accident last year.

She said: “It would be far better to have somewhere local. Lots of children with special needs have medical problems too, and long journeys are not good in many cases. It’s fantastic it could open in just a couple of years.”

The consultation event runs at the town’s iCon Innovation Centre, off Eastern Way, on Wednesday, April 23 at 6.30pm. For those unable to attend, copies of the survey are available at www.daventry