Editorial

Wiltshire Council Confirms Merger of 3 Special Schools on One Site

In May, Wiltshire Council announced a possible merger of 3 Special Schools into one big school.

The schools are St Nicholas School in Chippenham, Larkrise in Trowbridge and Rowdeford School at Rowdes, near Devizes.

On 12th November, the council confirmed the site of the new school to be Rowdeford.

The other two schools will be sold off, but will function till the opening of the ‘new school’ in September 2023.

Rowdeford will be expanded to cater to 350 children from the age of 3 to 16. The school, situated outside the village, will not retain its name and will be run by an academic trust when it opens.

£20 million will be invested in the project.

The corporate director for children and communities, Terrence Herbert said Rowdeford’s central location and large site was the reason for the council’s choice. He promised the school will get an outstanding rating from Ofsted and be the best in the country.

He said, “Wiltshire Council is proposing a vision of two schools which will be centres of excellence for children and young people with SEND in Wiltshire – at Rowdeford near Devizes and Exeter House, Salisbury.

“The proposals will be taken to cabinet on 27 November 2018.”

The cabinet member for children services, Councillor Laura Mayes said, “The unique atmosphere of Rowdeford and its grounds was one of the reasons for us deciding to make it the base for the new school.”

She said the project will give SEND children the best facilities, learning environment and teaching.

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