The government has awarded financial funding for anew special school Academy in Portsmouth and it is set to open in the year 2020.
The school is designed to carter for the needs of those children struggling with autism, social communication difficulties, associated challenging behaviour as well as sensory needs. It is expected to have a capacity of teaching 40 children.
The breakdown for the classes will be eight placements for junior school; the secondary school will cater for 24 students while the other eight positions will be for the post-16 year olds.
Construction for the academy will commence in 2018 in Cosham, where the Redwood Park Academy Site is. The special school will however be a stand-alone facility.
The City Council of Portsmouth and the County Council of Hampshire collaborated and launched a combined proposal of getting funds for the special school so as to provide for specialized care for the children with special needs.
According to Hannah Hockaday, the Portsmouth education councillor, the school is expected to make a huge difference as well as have a very big impact providing options for institutions where children with special educational and social needs as well as disabilities can have their needs met in a professional and specialized way.