Community asked to have their say on new special school
- Credit: R G Carter
People have been asked to share their views on a new complex needs school as a six-week consultation begins.
The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Academies Trust (SENDAT) is holding a six-week public consultation for Fakenham’s new Duke of Lancaster School.
The school, which is being built on the site of the former Fakenham Sixth Form College, on Wells Road, wants to hear from parents, residents and community groups on their views and provide a chance for them to ask questions.
There will also be information on access and transport, how the school will operate within Fakenham, how admissions will work and the vision and ethos of the school.
The consultation will run from February 22 until April 4. It will include an online survey and a free online two-hour event on February 25.
The school, which laid its foundation last month, is part of Norfolk County Council’s £120m programme to transform special education.
Norfolk county councillor for Fakenham Tom Fitzpatrick said: “I was very keen to see a much-needed school to meet the needs of young people with autism and other special educational needs provided on the site.
"I see the nearly £25m cost of this school as a real investment in the town and its young people and am really pleased to have been able to be a part of making this happen.”
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Set to open in January 2022, the Duke of Lancaster School will provide a modern learning environment for up to 100 children and young people, aged between five and 16, with autism and complex communication and interaction needs.
Chief executive of SENDAT Lawrence Chapman said: “We are committed to supporting Norfolk’s transformational programme and working with parents/carers and young people to develop the specialist resources they need. We will be further developing our website over the next few weeks and months to share information as it is available.”
The online survey and a link to book a place to attend the online event can be found at sendat.academy/dukeoflancaster/
For further information or to request a hard copy of the online consultation event or questionnaire, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01284 717872.