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Plans for new special school move forward

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Council bosses continue to progress plans for a state-of-the-art special school in Dudley borough.

The £12million special school is proposed for the site of the former Pensnett High School, which could provide education for 115 children and young people aged three to 19 years.

It is hoped the supersite, which will provide the very latest facilities, could replace the Pens Meadow Special School site, where Dudley Council is currently working with landowners to secure ownership.

The school provides education for pupils with complex needs, including autism and pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties across two sites and it is hoped a single site will give more flexibility.

Plans for the new school include an onsite nursery and an assisted living block to support young people with independent living and full catering facilities.

The new school would also provide state of the art equipment, therapy rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, changing facilities, outdoor teaching and play areas, community group facilities, and 14 bespoke classrooms specifically designed to cater to children with additional needs.

The new school has been designed by the council’s project design and delivery team within corporate landlord services.

Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member for children’s services, said:

We are determined to do all we can to develop a child friendly Dudley and support for children and young people with SEND is a vital component of this.
Dialogue with landowners and potential investors for this important project is progressing well and I hope that the new building will be able to take forward the incredible legacy and excellent work of everyone at Pens Meadow.
Our plans for this new school site set the bar high and could bring some of the very best facilities to children and young people who are in the greatest need. It would allow the school to operate from one location and would incorporate the latest advances in technology and research to support staff and help children and young people reach their full potential.

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