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Plans for new specialist sixth form near Longridge
A NEW sixth form building is set to be built at East Lancashire’s only school that caters for children aged 2-16-years-old with severe Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
The plans for Hillside Specialist School, Hothersall, near Longridge, also include eleven additional car park spaces and associated landscaping. At present, the county council sends pupils aged 16 to 19-years-old with ASD out of the county for their school, and the plans have been designed in order to cut down on travel times. The cost of the building is estimated at £1.8m and if approved, the council is hoping to start as soon as possible in order for it to open in September 2014.
The proposal for the Ribchester Road school is for a standalone building set away from the main school in order to ‘foster a rite of passage’ for young adults who attend the sixth form, having already been to the main school first. A council spokeswoman said: “The new facility will mean that 16 to 19-year-old children of Lancashire with ASD will have the opportunity to be educated locally rather than spending a significant part of their day travelling beyond the county boundary.”
She added: “The proposed new facilities are designed with specific consideration for ASD to ensure the educational environment meets the particular needs of the children and supports them to achieve their goals and aspirations, preparing them for the next stages in life.”
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