A SPECIAL Educational Needs (SEN) hub costing £800,000 will be created at a school in Ellesmere.
The Kettlemere Centre will open at Lakelands Academy in January 2015 and will take on students with learning difficulties from across the county.
The academy was selected over secondary schools across Shropshire who expressed an interest in hosting a specialist unit, which will provide specialist teaching for up to 24 children.
Work on the building will begin in July and is expected to be completed by December.
Ann Hartley, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, transformation and safeguarding, and local Shropshire Councillor for Ellesmere, said: “Shropshire has very limited specialist teaching provision to support pupils with communications and interaction difficulties, and it is an area of special needs with significantly increasing numbers.
“The Lakelands Academy was selected as it has an excellent record of supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs, and senior leaders, staff and governors showed great enthusiasm for the project. Careful consideration had been given as to how the centre could become part of the school, so offering mainstream access where appropriate, rather than being a separate facility placed on a mainstream site.”
The centre will be funded from Shropshire Council’s capital programme. It will operate as an independent unit but it also links to the main academy building to allow pupils to integrate with the rest of the school.