We have received approval from the secretary of state for the bid to establish a special free school in the county.

The proposed school will be for children and young people with complex special educational needs in the areas of:

  • communication and interaction needs, including autism and speech language and communication needs; and/or
  • cognition and learning needs (moderate/severe learning difficulties).

Some children and young people may have related social, emotional and mental health needs but this will not be their primary need.

The detailed specification for the proposed school is available on this page.

Next steps

The application process for groups interested in applying to open and run the school has now closed.

The assessment of applications received will now take place and we expect the successful application to be announced in early 2020.

We are working with the Department for Education on the development of the proposed school. At the moment we do not have a date for the opening of the school, though we know it will not be before September 2021.

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How to contact

In the first instance please contact SEND strategic plan team on 01609 532306 or 01609 533674. Alternatively email special.freeschool@northyorks.gov.uk.

Address:

SEND Strategic Plan Team
North Yorkshire County Council
County Hall
Racecourse Lane
Northallerton
North Yorkshire
DL7 8AE

What is a free school?

Free schools are state-funded academies. They are outside local authority control and are operated by academy trusts.

What are our proposals for the school?

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 needs.

Pupils at the school will have an Education, Health and Care Plan and will have been assessed as requiring this type of school.

We expect that a special school in the Selby area will bring benefits for children and young people across education, health and care.

What is happening at the moment?

The assessment of applications to open and operate the school is now taking place and we expect the successful application to be announced in early 2020. We are working closely with the Department for Education on the development of the proposed school.                                                                                                                                  

At the moment we do not have a date for the opening of the school, though we know it will not be before September 2021.

How are parents/carers involved?

Parents and carers in Selby provided information which was included in our bid for the school. We have met with parents and carers to explain about the proposed school and  provided a list of FAQs (pdf / 113 KB).

We have also worked with parents, carers and representatives of community groups in Selby to gather their views about the proposed school. We have published these on the website so that groups interested in applying to open and run the school can read them.  You can read them here. (pdf / 215 KB)

We will continue to engage with parents and carers about the proposed school as the process takes place.

How to find out more information:

  • We will be updating this web page when there is more information available.
  • You can go to the main web page about the school to read our specification for the school
  • We will be working with the parent/carer groups to send out information to parent/carers.