New special school opens in Devon

Children, who are unidentifiable, playing in the school play ground

Posted on: 6 September 2019

A new Devon special school will welcome its first students on Monday.

Charlton Lodge in Tiverton used to be a care home and has been converted by Devon County Council in a £4.5 million project.

It will be run by the ACE Schools Multi Academy Trust.

The new school will cater for 70 young people aged from 11 to 16 years old who have special needs.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said: “We’ve invested over £4 million into this new special school for young people with autism and social, emotional and mental health needs.

“It will provide high-quality care and education for the growing number of children in our county who have special educational needs, closer to their homes and families.

“This means we can look after these children in a Devon school rather than relying on expensive private and independent provision. That’s important for them and their families.

“It’s also an important investment by Devon County Council because our budget for children with high needs is under intense pressure.”

ACE Tiverton is part of the ACE Schools Multi Academy Trust, a specialist provider of alternative education, with sites throughout Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall. The sites all work together to ensure best practice is shared so that SEND pupils get the high-quality education and support that they need.

Headteacher, Hannah Smart, said: “All of our staff are excited to get to know our new students and families and we look forward to working closely with parents, carers and the local community as we make a great school together.”

Chris Humphries, ACE Schools Trust’s Director of Performance, said:“We are thrilled to open ACE Tiverton. Our expertise as a Trust and the commitment we have shown towards outstanding educational achievement for SEND pupils, combined with a holistic support approach, means that we will be able to deliver fantastic provision for our new students in Tiverton.”

1 comment on “New special school opens in Devon

  1. Keith Lewis says:

    well done DCC.
    A special school in this area has been needed for ages. Previously pupils travelled by taxi to schools in Barnstaple and Dawlish, and the private sector which was not good for them, and expensive for DCC

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