A new Special Educational Needs school in Twickenham will open, it has been announced today in the latest round of Free School applications.
The Maaz will be a 72-place special school for children aged four to 19. It will be for children with an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs, as a result of speech, language and communication or social, emotional and mental health issues, including autism.
When full, the school will have 28 pupils at the primary level, 35 at the secondary level and nine pupils aged 16–19. The school has been proposed and will be run by the Auriga Academy Trust, formed by the borough’s two existing, excellent special schools, Clarendon and Strathmore.
It is expected that, subject to the Council’s formal approval process, the school will open on two Council-owned sites in Twickenham.
Unfortunately, the application for Franklin House in Teddington, a new primary school proposed by the Stamp Education Trust, was unsuccessful, as was their application for a primary in Surbiton. The Department for Education however praised their application, saying that the school’s vision, proposed curriculum and the skills and expertise of the team was a considerable strength. It is anticipated that the Trust will review the feedback and consider reapplying in the next round of applications, expected to be this summer.