Cornwall Council has announced that it will be building a special school in Bodmin, with 65 places for children aged 5-16.  The school will become a centre of excellence for pupils who have Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs and education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, are a type of special educational needs in which young people have significant difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour which can make it difficult for them to integrate into mainstream school settings.

A site in the Bodmin area has been identified, subject to planning permission, as the preferred location because the proximity of the A30 will make the school accessible for children from across Cornwall.

The announcement is part of a government push to create 39 new special free schools across the UK.   In making the announcement Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “Parents rightly want choice of where their child goes to school and to know that the education and support they receive will ignite that spark of potential that exists in all of us, so they can go on and succeed.‎

Cornwall Council will now publicise plans for the proposed new school and work with a range of different organisation who may be interested in running the school.  Organisations will have until September 2019 to submit their applications to the Department for Education. It is hoped that the school may open in September 2021.

You can read the full press release on the Council’s website.