A new free school to provide 130 places for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) will be created in Wiltshire following a Department for Education announcement.
The new school for children with Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Needs (SEMH) will be for children aged 4 to 19. The new school will help address the growing numbers of SEND places needed in Wiltshire.
Wiltshire Council has been working closely with partners on the new free school in the south. Reach South Academy Trust announced in March the Salisbury Academy for Inspirational Learning (SAIL) has signed its official funding agreement with the Secretary of State for Education. This is a significant step forward for the soon to open special free school which means it can now be officially named on the Education, Health, and Care Plans for students applying for places at the Salisbury special school provision.
Signing the funding agreement also means that Reach South Academy Trust can proceed with its plans to recruit a number of teaching and support staff to facilitate the opening of the school this autumn. This will ensure a smooth start to the new term when SAIL opens.
SAIL will open in temporary accommodation based at the sites of Sarum Academy (currently the home of Springfields South) and Pembroke Park Primary School, until refurbishments at the school's substantive site on Wilton Road are fully completed in early 2024.
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