A new special needs school is set to open in Twickenham.
The Maaz will be a 72-place special school for children aged four to 19, and will be for children with an education, health and care plan or statement of special educational needs as a result of speech, language and communication or social, emotional and mental health issues - including autism.
The school will be expected to have 28 primary pupils, 35 secondary pupils, and nine students aged between 16 and 19.
The Auriga Academy Trust - formed by the borough's existing special schools, Clarendon and Strathmore - will run the school, with the council hoping that it will open on two council-owned sites in Twickenham.
Councillor Paul Hodgins, Richmond's cabinet member for schools said the announcement about The Maaz was “fantastic news”.
This new school is desperately needed and will provide much-needed places for local children and young people with special needs to meet forecast need.
We have worked very closely with the Auriga Academy Trust to develop their proposals.