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Extra £3m for special school places confirmed

Gloucestershire County Council has approved a plan to spend £3million to create more special school places and better facilities for children with additional needs.

The cabinet confirmed the changes to the existing £100million school investment programme so more children will be able to attend a school closer to where they live.

The two-year programme will provide an extra 77 places for children with special educational needs at Belmont Special School and Battledown Children and Families Centre in Cheltenham, Alderman Knight School in Tewkesbury and Paternoster Special School in Cirencester

A further £600,000 will be used to fund adjustments to mainstream schools so children with disabilities or additional needs are able to go to their local school.

Cabinet also approved £5million for existing expansion projects at mainstream secondary schools.

The Cotswold School and Winchcombe Secondary School will both increase their pupil places by 150.

The extra money will fund measures to cut carbon emissions at the schools in line with the council's pledge to become carbon neutral, as well as address drainage issues, archaeological work and access improvements.

Councillor Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member responsible for education, said: "I'm delighted cabinet approved these changes so we can continue improving schools across the county.

"We're committed to making sure all children get the education they deserve, which is why we're investing more than £100million into better facilities and more school places."

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