Invitation to register interest in Selby Special Free School

Educational trusts are being invited to register their interest in opening a local authority-commissioned special free school for the Selby area.


The process is under way following our bid to the Department for Education to build the school. The successful bid, announced by the Government in March, was a key part of our Strategic Plan for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Education (SEND) provision.

The plan supports our vision for all children and young people with SEND in North Yorkshire to:

  • have the best educational opportunities so they achieve the best outcomes;
  • be able to attend a school or provision as close to their home as possible; and
  • make progress with learning, have good social and emotional health and to be prepared for a fulfilling adult life.

County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “Having a special school in the Selby area will bring benefits for children and young people across education, health and care. The proposed school will cater for up to 100 pupils aged three to 19 with needs in the areas of communication and interaction and/or cognition and learning needs.”

We are currently in the Trust competition stage of the process. See information about the proposed school.

We welcomes contact from groups which may be interested in the proposed school. Two stakeholder engagement events for potential proposer groups are being held on 30 April 2019 and 20 May 2019. To register interest in the proposed school and receive more information about these events, please email

This story was published 16 April 2019