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Apply to open a Specialist Resource Base (SRB)

Norfolk County Council has an ambitious strategy to transform education for children with special educational needs and disabilities, investing in new specialist school places and strengthening support to mainstream schools.

To secure more places in local communities, we are investing £120m over five years to develop at least three new special schools and to create 170 new places at specialist resource bases, as a core part of mainstream school support.

The deadline to apply has passed and we are currently reviewing applications.

Priority areas for development

The SEND Sufficiency Strategy has identified the following gaps in provision and priority areas for development:

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Bases

  • A new 10 place KS1-KS2 primary ASD SRB is required in the West of Norfolk.
  • A new 20 place double KS3-KS4 secondary ASD SRB is required in the West of Norfolk.
  • A new 10 place KS1-KS2 primary ASD SRB is required in the South of Norfolk
  • A new 10 place KS1-KS2 primary ASD SRB is required in Breckland
  • A new 20 place KS3-KS4 secondary ASD SRB is required in the South of Norfolk
  • A new 20 place KS3-KS4 double secondary ASD SRB is required in the East of the county

Cognition and Learning Base

  • A new KS1-KS2 primary SRB for cognition and learning in the West and/or North of the county to reduce travel distances for learners and to improve access to early intervention specialist provision.

Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) Bases

  • Expansion of the current primary SEMH SRBs from 10 places to 16 with a KS2 offer.
  • A new 16 place primary SRB in Norwich
  • A new 16 place primary SRB in the East
  • A new 16 place primary SRB in Breckland

The operational model for SEMH SRBs is not set and is something that successful schools will have the opportunity to inform and co-design.  

Application guidance and criteria

The deadline for applications closed at 12 noon on Wednesday 31 July 2019 and we will be scoring the applications received during August.

Further information will be published here in due course.

Read more detailed information about our SRB development in the SRB development information pack below.

SRB development information pack


The deadline for applications closed at 12 noon on Wednesday 31 July 2019 and we are scoring the applications received during August.

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