Plans submitted to expand Spalding's The Priory School which could be merging with The Garth
Plans have been lodged to expand a special school - which could also be amalgamating with another.
Lincolnshire County Council is looking to merge Spalding’s The Priory School with nearby The Garth School, according to new planning documents.
The county council submitted an application to expand The Priory School, in Neville Avenue, to create an additional 49 places.
The Priory caters for secondary school age pupils. The aim is for it to become ‘a through school’ taking up to 58 primary school students and 69 secondary school students, with an overall capacity of 127 students.
The planning documents said: “The proposed expansion would provide additional teaching, therapeutic and resource spaces for the children already on roll and enable the school to provide more specialist places for SEND (special educational needs) pupils.
“Once the building programme is completed for The Priory School, this and The Garth School will amalgamate to make one all need all through school for Spalding and the surrounding areas.
“A completion date for the building programme is forecast for September 2023.”
The council wants to build a new two storey building, along with some ‘internal remodelling’. It will comprise 13 classrooms along with a sensory garden, horticulture, hard surfaced playing court and large grass playing field.
Martin Smith, assistant director for education, said: “An expansion project has already been completed at The Garth School, and improvements are also planned for The Priory School. These projects will mean an additional 49 places will be available locally by September 2022.
“At present, The Priory School is designed to meet the needs of pupils with moderate to severe learning difficulties. As part of the project, additional teaching areas will be created to provide pupils with a wider range of learning opportunities in a more bespoke and personalised way. The inclusion of more specialist facilities and resources will also allow the school to support a wider range of special educational needs and disabilities, therefore allowing more children to attend a local school.”
Head teacher Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt said: “The funding coming to the school and the proposed build works will provide additional space and enhance the provision available to our pupils. This will help us to be even more inclusive and provide support to more children with a wider range of special educational needs, supporting local families as we recognise there is a growing need for places in the area. We hope for the building works to begin this summer, for completion in 2022.”