Plans to expand another specialist school with satellite site in Wilmslow

Plans have been submitted to open a school for pupils with with special educational needs at the former Summerfields Nursery And Education Centre on Dean Row Road.

The Esland Group are applying to change the use of the nursery and first floor offices to a private school.

The group operates three schools in Congleton, Bedford and Grantham for pupils aged 8 to 18 with SEMH needs (Social, Emotional, Mental Health).

The Wilmslow School will be a satellite school to Congleton School and will be registered for 50 pupils, with 30 full-time members of staff.

Simon Reynolds, Director Of Education The Esland Group said "There is a significant need for the provision of special education within Cheshire East and the surrounding Local Authorities and by establishing an education provision at the Wilmslow site we will be able to increase our offer of bespoke education to support vulnerable young people from local communities.

"We pride ourselves on our ability to provide a high level of education for all or our pupils regardless of their abilities. We work with a wide range of professionals including, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Counsellors and Clinicians to help all young people to overcome barriers to learning. We also recognise the importance of developing social skills, resilience, confidence and self-esteem and work hard in our schools to support young people with these life-long attributes that many take for granted.

"The opportunity to establish a provision on the proposed site, for the age range suggested, will not only allow us to support the needs of pupils into post 16 college courses, work placements and apprenticeships but also to create employment opportunities for professionals across the wider local area."

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council's website by searching for planning reference 21/3567M.

This is completely separate from Cheshire East Council's plans to a create a new educational facility at Dean Row Day Centre, just around the corner from Summerfields Nursery And Education Centre, for pupils with special needs.

The proposal, which was approved by Children and Families Committee on Monday, 12th July, is to create a satellite school in order to expand Springfield School in Crewe from 170 pupil places to 250 places (80 places in Wilmslow) from September 2022.

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