Find out more about new special school in King’s Lynn at public meeting

King's Lynn Town Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Town Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

A public forum on a new complex needs school in west Norfolk will be held this week.

The Fen Rivers Academy is due to be opened by the Catch22 Multi Academies Trust in the 2017/18 academic year.

The school, which was proposed by Norfolk County Council, will offer education for 96 children, aged four to 16, with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who have been referred by the council.

Phase one of the academy, for primary pupils, will be based at the School House, on Kilhams Way, currently a professional development centre and nursery.

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The second phase, for secondary pupils, will occupy the adjacent St Edmunds Academy, which is due to relocate, from 2012/22.

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A public meeting is being held on the plans at King's Lynn Town Hall from 4pm to 8pm on Wednesday, June 14.

Catch22 runs five other alternate provision schools around the country.

Demand for places at special schools around Norfolk has increased dramatically, with the majority now oversubscribed.

It has been compounded by squeezed budgets at mainstream schools, which is seeing in-house SEND support being lost.

• For more information and a survey on the plans, click here.

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