New £4m Special School to Open in Devon


The Regional Schools Commissioner and Department of Education have approved a £4m Special School to be opened and run by Plymouth-based ACE Schools Trust in September 2019.

The school will be called Charlton Lodge and it will be located at Orchard Way, Tiverton, Devon.

The co-educational and ‘free school’ will cater for pupils of moderate to high ability with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

It will provide space for 70 children, aged 11-16.

Mid Devon has been in need of a SEND educational structure for a while and this need will likely grow in the next decade or two.

Presently, private arrangements and educational support far away from home are relied on.

According to Devon’s Cabinet Member for Schools, James Mclnnes, Charlton Lodge has solved that problem. He said, “It will provide high-quality care and education for the growing number of children in our county who have special educational needs, closer to their homes.”

“It’s also an important investment for Devon County Council because our budget for high needs’ pupils is under intense pressure. This means we can look after these children in a Devon school rather than relying on expensive private and independent provision.”

ACE Schools Trust is an organisation that provides educational support to SEND pupils. It was founded in 2016 in Plymouth, it now operates in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall from 16 different locations.

It currently runs two schools–Courtlands Special School and ACE Schools Plymouth, which are both rated Good by Ofsted.


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