West Suffolk academy group Samuel Ward Academy Trust to run new Ipswich special free school

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 April 2018

The Holywells High School in site Ipswich will host a new special free school. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

The Holywells High School in site Ipswich will host a new special free school. Picture: PHIL MORLEY


The school which will be housed on the site of the former Holywells High School will be run by the Samuel Ward Academy Trust.

The trust, which is based in Haverhill, already has 19 primary and secondary schools predominantly in the west of the county.

Amongst these they already run one special free school, Churchill Special Free School in Haverhill.

The new Ipswich school will have 60 places for children aged 8- 16 with autism spectrum disorder and social, emotional and mental health needs.

In the plans announced by the Department of Education, the trust will also open another 60 place special free school for 3 - 16 year olds with communication and interaction needs and social, emotional and mental health needs in Romford.

Plans for the site in Ipswich were announced last April as part of an announcement by the Department for Education which saw a raft of new free schools announced across the country.

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:“We want every child to have the support they need to unlock their potential, whatever their background and no matter what challenges they face. Our new Education, Health and Care Plans are putting the views of young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families at the heart of the process so they can help shape the support they receive.

“It’s been a huge task to transfer every young person to one of these plans but local authorities have risen to the challenge with almost 222,000 cases reviewed and I congratulate them for it. We are now working with councils to make sure they carry out the remaining reviews and the new EHC plans are of the highest quality.

“To complement this work we are also opening new special free schools across the country that will provide tailored support for over a thousand children to ensure they have access to the excellent education that every child deserves.”

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