Spe­cial school at plan­ning stage – have your say at open meet­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A NEW free school is due to open in Ick­en­ham next year.

If given the go-ahead by the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion, it will be part of The Eden Academy group, which spe­cialises in schools for young peo­ple who have spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs. It al­ready runs schools in Eastcote, Hilling­don and Har­row.

The new Pent­land Field School will be at the for­mer US Air Force school, in Pent­land Way, and will cater for five to 19-year-olds who have learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, in­clud­ing pupils on the autis­tic spec­trum.

The school will be re­fur­bished to pro­vide pur­pose-built ac­com­mo­da­tion for 32 pupils when it opens in Jan­uary 2015.

It will even­tu­ally teach 140 pupils after a phased pe­riod of ex­ten­sion, build­ing new class­rooms, ther­apy rooms and an out­side space for play and ex­plo­ration.

Prin­ci­pal of Eden Academy John Ayres said: “As part of our con­sul­ta­tion process we are hold­ing two pub­lic in­for­ma­tion meet­ings where there will be an op­por­tu­nity to hear more about our plans for the school, meet with key mem­bers of staff in­clud­ing the new head of school, and ask any ques­tions you may have.

“We all look for­ward to meet­ing with par­ents, teach­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers.”

The meet­ings are be­ing held on Mon­day, Septem­ber 29 at 1.30pm in Ick­en­ham Vil­lage Hall, and on Tues­day, Septem­ber 30 at 7.30pm at Grange­wood School, in Eastcote.

There is also an on­line ques­tion­naire at www. thee­de­nacademy.co.uk, or you can call 01895 676 401 or email info@thee­den academy.co.uk to re­quest a pa­per copy.

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