February 18, 2020 2.33 pm This story is over 19 months old

Green light for Spilsby special needs school expansion

The school will teach some 84 special needs pupils

Plans for a major expansion of a special educational needs school in Spilsby have been approved.

The development will enable a minimum of 84 pupils to be taught at the school.

The build forms part of a £50 million investment in the county’s special needs schools which aims to ensure the needs of pupils can be met in their local communities.

Lincolnshire currently sees fewer than 30% of pupils with SEND needs attend their nearest school, with 80 pupils being educated outside of the county.

Visuals of the new build submitted to Lincolnshire County Council.

The authority says this has a negative impact on pupils including reduced school performance, challenging behaviour, fatigue and poor engagement.

The hope is that with the proposed changes more than 90% of pupils will face shorter journeys county-wide.

Lincolnshire County Council’s planning department has given the authority the go ahead to create a new two-storey building including five classrooms, a science lab and an ICT centre as well as breakout rooms, staff and meeting rooms, a new hall, and changing and toilet facilities at Eresby School on Eresby Avenue.

It will also look to remodel an existing building to comply with statutory requirements and increase car parking and drop-off/pick-up space provision.

The Eresby School is a David Ross Education Trust facility.

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