More on the new academy

Headteacher Shez Webb.
Headteacher Shez Webb.

A proposed Daventry Special Academy has been approved by the Government.

The academy, proposed by the Education Excellence for All Trust, was given the go ahead after a decision by the Department of Education (DfE) on Tuesday. The all-through academy will cater for children aged four to 18 with special educational needs.

The news has been welcomed by those involved in the project. Shez Webb, pictured, executive head designate of the Daventry Special Academy, said: “I am thrilled that the department has recognised the need for a dedicated special school to serve the families of Daventry.

“We now have the opportunity to work with parents and the community to develop an outstanding school that will provide the care and education our very special children deserve to ensure they have the tools to lead fulfilling lives and to make a positive contribution to society.

“I can’t wait to start work with my colleagues and our partners to make this great vision become a reality.”

Tim Bartlett, chair of the trust added: “This is tremendous news for everyone, and I know so many parents and supporters have been waiting with baited breath on the outcome of the DfE decision.

“I must say, I have never before experienced the levels of support and encouragement that we have had for this proposed school, from councillors to MPs, from the authorities, schools and critically from the communities in and around Daventry.”

The trust will now start working towards a pre-opening programme including further consultations and events in Daventry, leading up to the opening of the school in September 2016.

The trust will now be looking to determine a site for the new school and will be working with Daventry District Council, the Education Funding Agency and stakeholders in the town to find an appropriate location. The trust has previously said the academy would be situated near the town centre with plenty of green space. A trust spokesman said it will share its programme as soon as it has been developed and agreed with the Department of Education

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