Special needs ‘free’ school to open in Rugby

The school plans to open in 2017
The school plans to open in 2017

A free school for pupils with special educational needs has been given the green light to open in Rugby.

The Department for Education has approved the MacIntyre Academies Trust’s application to progress to the pre-opening stage in developing a free school for children and young people with autism, social and emotional and mental health needs.

The school plans to open in 2017.

A location is yet to be decided.

MacIntyre Academies is a multi-academy Trust for special schools and alternative provision. It provides specialist resources and support for disabled children, young people, and their families.

The new school will offer education for 80 young people from ages 9-19.

The proposal to set up the new school is supported by Warwickshire County Council and follows unprecedented demand for places at Discovery Academy, MacIntyre Academies’ new provision in Nuneaton which opens its doors to pupils this month.

Brenda Mullen, Chief Executive of MacIntyre Academies, said “The new School in Rugby will link closely with our Discovery Academy in Nuneaton and build on the positive work at Endeavour Academy in Oxford.

“We have been working closely with families in Warwickshire over several months to ensure that Discovery Academy offers new opportunities for its first cohort of pupils, many of whom have had difficulty accessing education previously.

“We now feel even more privileged to be able to develop a similar flexible and local provision for children and young people in Rugby and the surrounding area which will mean that more children in North and East Warwickshire can attend a school close to home.

“We are excited about working with the children, young people and their families, the local authority and other agencies to create a school that meets the needs of the children and their families which is central to our philosophy.”