Special school could be built in Corby

Corby Technical School, which opened in 2012 and is also run by the Brooke Weston Trust
Corby Technical School, which opened in 2012 and is also run by the Brooke Weston Trust

People are being asked for their views and comments on plans for a new special free school in Corby.

The Brooke Weston Trust is consulting on whether it should make a bid to the Department For Education (DFE) for funds to open a special free school in the town.

This is an excellent opportunity to provide more investment in special education.

Andrew Campbell

The trust, which already runs two schools in the town, is carrying out a public consultation to see whether there is popular support for a school.

If opened, the school would educate pupils aged from three to 18 and would be located in the Beanfield area of Corby adjacent to the Beanfield Primary Academy – which is also managed by the trust.

CEO of the Brooke Weston Trust, Andrew Campbell, said: “The local authority has identified a need for a new special free school so that students’ complex learning needs are appropriately addressed.

“This is an excellent opportunity to provide more investment in special education, which will further improve opportunities for children and young people with SEN across Corby and the surrounding area.

“If the school received Government backing and went ahead as part of the Brooke Weston Trust we would want it to work closely with Beanfield Primary Academy, the excellent provision at Corby Business Academy and other local special needs providers.”

The consultation is about whether there is local support for and sufficient student demand for such a school.

If the result of the consultation is positive the trust will submit a formal bid to the Department for Education for funding.

If this proved to be successful, the new school, which would be called Red Kite Academy, would probably open in September 2017.

The initial idea is to cater for pupils from Reception through to Year 7. The school would then grow by one year group each year until reaching capacity at Year 13.

The school will be free to attend and would cater for students with education, health and care plans and statements for autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), severe learning difficulties (SLD), profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD) with additional complex needs.

This would be the second free school that the trust has opened in Corby.

In 2012 it opened Corby Technical School, which was rated as outstanding after being visited by Ofsted inspectors in 2014.

For more information on how to take part in the consultation, visit the trust’s website and go to information followed by the consultations page.