Trusts step forward for new Selby free school

Educational trusts have registered their interest in opening a county council-commissioned special free school for the Selby area.

 Educational trusts have registered their interest in opening a county council-commissioned special free school for the Selby area.

The proposed free school is the result of a successful bid by North Yorkshire County Council to the Department for Education (DfE) and is an important part of the council’s strategic plan for better and more localised special educational needs and disabilities provision for children and young people.

The proposed school will be for up to 100 pupils aged three to 19 with needs in the areas of communication and interaction and/or cognition and learning. Some children and young people may have related social, emotional and mental health needs.

County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “We expect that a special school in the Selby area will bring benefits for children and young people across education, health and care. This will include improved educational outcomes; good progress in all areas of preparing for adulthood with local links; and closer links between school staff, parents and carers.”

The County Council is now assessing applications from groups who are interested in opening and operating the school, and working with the DfE on the development of proposals. The proposed site for the school is part of Millfield Farm, Hull Road, Osgodby, Y08 5HN. The County Council is also engaging with parents and carers and has met with residents in Osgodby and education providers across in Selby.

The successful application is expected to be announced early in 2020 following the final decision by the secretary of state. There is more information about the school, including the specification at https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/proposed-special-free-school-selby .

This story was published 18 October 2019