Education for children with Special Educational Needs in and around Yeovil is set for a boost as a major expansion project takes a big step forward.
The Somerset County Council scheme will see a £400,000 expansion of a centre to support pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder conditions (ASC) at Preston School in Yeovil.
The facility will be able to cater for an extra eight pupils, in addition to the 12 it can currently support. Work is expected to be completed by contractor Keir in June.
It will meet the growing need for secondary places for children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) in the Yeovil area.
At the same time a £200,000 remodelling at Oaklands Autism Base in Yeovil, to provide enhanced facilities for up to 14 pupils, is planned for the summer and will be ready in time for the new school years in September 2019.
Having enhanced therapeutic and sensory spaces available on mainstream school sites means that more children can be supported to have the benefits of being at a mainstream school with their peers, meaning they can be educated closer to home and be part of their community. It will also take some of the pressure off special school places.
Somerset County Council’s Lead Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Frances Nicholson said she was delighted with the projects, and added: “Our vision is to ensure that all children at whatever level or need can reach their full potential, and these projects will mean that children with SEND are included alongside their peers in their own communities.”