Permission has been granted by Norfolk County Council for a new 170-space special school to be built just outside Norwich.

The school will cater for those aged 4-19, situated in the village of Easton, and will provide facilities including a forest school area and a specialist autism spectrum disorder  (ASD) unit.

The school will be run by The Bridge Trust and is part of Norfolk County Council’s £120 million five-year transformation which pledged to create 500 new specialist education places. The Department for Education will fund the school following a successful bid by the county council to the free school programme.

Portakabin will construct the modular building, with the project managed by Silica Associates.

Cllr John Fisher, cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “We’re delighted that we have formally received the go-ahead today and we look forward to working alongside the Bridge Education Trust to create more space for children with special education needs in Norfolk.

This new school will provide excellent facilities for children to thrive in their education and will help dozens of children in the area to access this provision closer to their homes.”

Dr Penny Barratt, CEO of The Bridge Trust, said: “It’s wonderful news that we’ve now had the green light for our new school to open. We are committed to creating a school that embraces the individuality of everyone. At The Bridge Trust, everything is about doing the best for our children and young people, and we can’t wait to bring our ethos and practice to the Norwich area, providing much-needed new places for children with additional learning needs.”

The school is due to open in January 2023.

Image source- Norfolk County Council

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