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Special school to expand.

CONSULTATION is under way on plans for a pounds 3m expansion of a Northumberland special school.

Proposals have been put forward for an additional building and new sports facility on a site adjacent to Atkinson House Special School in Seghill, near Cramlington.

This would increase the school's capacity by a further 40 places, to 80.

Consultation began yesterday after Northumberland County Council's executive agreed to seek feedback at its meeting on Monday.

Elsie Harvey, chairman of governors at Atkinson House, said "I'm really pleased that we are going to consultation on these proposals.

"If approved, these plans would enable us to offer a range of vocational courses to more pupils with behaviour difficulties in Northumberland that would give them greater chances in the jobs market."

The proposals form part of the council's overall strategy to increase provision for pupils with behaviour difficulties within the county.

It would be funded from the council's schools budget. A meeting will be held at the school on Tuesday, November 18, at 7pm.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 10, 2008
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