More school places created for pupils with special needs in Retford

A Nottinghamshire special school will be expanding and opening its doors to more pupils as part of a decision to increase the school’s place provision.
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An extra 35 places are being created at St Giles Special School in Retford, increasing its capacity from 170 to 205 pupil places.

The proposal, which has recently been out to local consultation, is part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s SEND place planning work to provide more special school places to support children and young people, providing the right support, in the right place, at the right time.

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The alteration works to the site will allow the school to accommodate more children, and work has begun to identify the pupils who will be offered a place arising from the expansion.

Extra places are being made available at St Giles School in Retford. Photo: GoogleExtra places are being made available at St Giles School in Retford. Photo: Google
Extra places are being made available at St Giles School in Retford. Photo: Google

This school will continue to offer places to pupils with a range of special needs and has the necessary expertise to support pupils with autistic spectrum condition, a particular priority in Nottinghamshire.

Councillor Sam Smith, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and SEND, said:

“Helping more young people to access the education they need, near to where they live, is a key aim of our SEND place planning strategy.

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“As a council, we are committed to meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND, and their families, and to investing in providing much-needed special school places in Nottinghamshire.”

St Giles Special School is a local authority maintained special school and has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted since 2020 where pupils told inspectors that “staff are supportive and help us when and where they can. They never fail.”

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The school’s Principal, Matt Rooney, said: “we’ve been growing year on year since 2020 and we’re really excited for our future. This additional capacity will enable us to welcome even more children and young people with special educational needs & disabilities (SEND) into our school family.

“There is a high demand for high quality special school provision, and we are being inundated with requests for places at our school every week. We are determined to play our part to raise aspiration and improve outcomes & life-chances for even more children with SEND.”