Permission granted for third new special school in Norfolk
21 June 2021
Permission has now been given to build a new 170-place special school just outside Norwich.
The school, which will be for children with learning and cognition needs from 4 to 19, will be in the village of Easton and provide purpose-built facilities including a forest school area and a specialist Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) unit.
The free school, which will be run by The Bridge Trust, is part of Norfolk County Council’s £120 million five-year transformation programme which has pledged to create 500 new specialist education places. It will be funded by the Department for Education following a successful bid to the Government’s free school programme by the county council.
The building work will be delivered by modular building experts Portakabin and managed by Silica Associates. The school is due to open in January 2023.
Cllr John Fisher, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “We’re delighted that we have formally received the go ahead today and we look forward to working alongside the Bridge Education Trust to create more space for children with special education needs in Norfolk.
“This new school will provide excellent facilities for children to thrive in their education and will help dozens of children in the area to access this provision closer to their homes.”
Dr Penny Barratt, CEO of The Bridge Trust, said: “It’s wonderful news that we’ve now had the green light for our new school to open. We are committed to creating a school that embraces the individuality of everyone. At The Bridge Trust, everything is about doing the best for our children and young people, and we can’t wait to bring our ethos and practice to the Norwich area, providing much-needed new places for children with additional learning needs.”
The Bridge Trust is running a six-week public consultation until Friday 16 July to give local people including parents, residents, community groups, school leaders, parent/carer organisations and others, the chance to express their views about plans for the site, access and transport, how the school will operate within the local community, how admissions will work, and more. To get involved visit The Bridge London Trust website.
Planning permission was granted by Norfolk County Council. Admissions for all special schools are arranged through Norfolk County Council. Find out more about admissions to specialist schools.