Have your say on new school

Prospective parents and the wider community members in Daventry are being asked to share their views on plans to create a special school in the town.

The Daventry Special Academy will be for pupils with mild to profound learning difficulties, including those with physical disabilities.

The school has been given backing by the Department of Education and is set to open in September 2016, initially with pupils in reception, year 3, 7, 9 and 12. The school will then grow each year until full in 2019 with a total of 175 children. The proposers are holding two drop-in sessions where everyone with an interest in Daventry Special Academy is welcome to visit and share their views on the proposal or ask questions.

The events will take place on Monday, November 24 between 6pm and 8pm, and then on Monday, December 1 between 2pm and 4pm.

Both events will take place at the iCon Centre on Eastern Way.

Peter Burrell from Education Excellence for All Trust (EE4A), which is behind the plans, said: “Through consultation with Northamptonshire County Council, Warwickshire County Council, Daventry District Council and schools in the Daventry area, there is clear need for special school provision in the area. We are really excited about the opportunities this school will open up for the children with special educational needs in the area.

“This formal consultation builds on the links that we have established with the local community and we are looking forward to discussing our plans and hearing people’s ideas for the school.”

The consultation runs until Friday, December 19.

No site has yet been chosen but the trust says it will be in the town centre. Shez Webb, executive headteacher of Northgate School Arts College in Northampton will be the school’s principal.

For more about the academy visit www.daventryspecialacademy.co.uk.