Have your say on new special school for Fenland
A brand-new special school for pupils with social, emotional, and mental health needs is planned for Wisbech and people are being asked to have their say.
The facility which will be known as Wisbech Green is being built as a replacement by Horizons Education Trust for their current school in Algores Way.
It will be built on a site off Gadds Lane, which is also the site for a proposed new 600 place secondary school for the town.
The Brooke Weston Trust, which runs the Thomas Clarkson Academy was chosen to establish and run that school and work is ongoing separately on that project, which will be subject to separate consultation in the future.
Dr Kim Taylor, Horizons Education Trust's executive head teacher, said: "The trust and I have worked closely with the design and project team to develop a building and landscape design that will help us deliver an exemplary level of service for many years to come, ensuring our pupils have access to facilities that will support their social, academic and vocational development to prepare them for an independent and fulfilling life when they leave us.
"Since I became involved earlier this year, my colleagues and I have undertaken a thorough review of the previous school design proposals and working with the project team have evolved a design that ensures it closely aligns with the Trust’s values of quality, trust and respect, achievement beyond expectations and advocacy for equalities.
"The design builds upon the intent for Riverside Meadows Academy to prepare students for adulthood as shown on the attached documents which very much reflect these principles.
"Though the design has been altered the principle key elements remain, in that it will serve 60 pupils along with associated staff and visiting professionals.
"The project team and I recognise the importance and value of consulting with the local community, and we would welcome your views on the emerging proposals as part of the ongoing development of the scheme, ahead of submission of a formal planning application for Wisbech Green.
"An online public consultation event was launched on Tuesday (10) and runs until September 10.
"The formal planning application will be submitted by the project team at the end of September."
Subject to a satisfactory planning process, construction work will commence around September 2022 with the Wisbech Green targeted for completion in Summer 2023.
Dr Taylor added: "Whilst the focus of this consultation is on Wisbech Green, further work has been undertaken on the Phase 1 provision of a 4FE (600 pupil) Secondary school. In January 2021 it was announced that the Brooke Weston Trust had been successful in their bid to the Department for Education (DfE) to establish and run the school. As a result, the County Council have withdrawn their existing proposals but are working with both the Trust and the DfE to further develop their new vision for new school.
"The views of the public on this proposal will be subject to a separate consultation process run by the DfE who will now be responsible for the procurement and delivery of the school. I would request that your comments relate specifically to this application for Wisbech Green.
"The Trust are very excited about this project and the real benefits it can bring the pupils and their families for the Wisbech, Cambridgeshire area and look forward to receiving constructive feedback."
The planning proposals for the special needs school are located on the following websites: www.horizons.org.uk - www.springcommon.cambs.sch.uk - www.riversidemeadows.cambs.sch.uk
Comments can be made by emailing the following address: KCEFenlandCampus@kier.co.uk - firstname.lastname@example.org - Lward@horizons.cambs.sch.uk