VALE OF GLAMORGAN: Extra support for secondary school students with Autism in September
Extra support will be available from September for secondary school students with autism at Whitmore High School in Barry.
Up to 20 pupils with autism spectrum condition will be able to use a new specialist resource base, a separate part of the new high school building. The resource base forms part of the Vale of Glamorgan council’s plans to improve special education across the district, as demand is rising. After a positive response in a public consultation, the council’s cabinet agreed on Monday, March 8, to open the specialist resource base this September. Councillor Lis Burnett, cabinet member for education, said: “This proposal forms part of the council’s strategy to transform special education in the Vale of Glamorgan to meet projected future demand and better meet the needs of our most vulnerable learners."
The specialist resource base will have a phased opening, with help for 10 pupils this September, increasing to 20 from September next year. A new £31 million building is almost ready for Whitmore High School, due to open later this year, with space for 1,100 pupils including a sixth form. The idea to have a specialist resource base at the high school will reduce demand on Ysgol Y Deri, the special school in Penarth; and also cater for pupils who might not meet the criteria for a place at Ysgol Y Deri. The resource base would be a separate area within the new school building, including small classrooms, breakout spaces, a sensory room, accessible toilets, and work skills area with a kitchen.
Other plans to improve special education in the Vale of Glamorgan include expanding Ysgol Y Deri with a new school building; and a specialist resource base at Gladstone Primary School in Barry.
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