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New special needs free school announced for Twickenham

New special needs free school announced for Twickenham

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”. 

He said:

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.