04 November 2013

Plans to invest nearly £2million in special needs education in East Northamptonshire will be discussed at a meeting of Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet next week.

A cabinet decision is due to be taken on proposals to increase the capacity of Rowan Gate special primary school by setting up an annexe at the former Hayway nursery and infant schools in Rushden.

Growing demand for special needs education

Councillor Catherine Boardman, cabinet member for children and education said: “The proposals for Rowan Gate would see a 56-place annexe opening to meet the growing demand for increased special needs provision in the primary school phase. It would also result in reduced journey times for some of the children travelling to Wellingborough from the wider East Northants area.”

Rowan Gate primary school is the only special school in the Wellingborough and East Northants area offering curriculum access for children aged from 3 to 11 years with significant learning and physical disabilities The annexe would be situated at the former Hayway Infant and Nursery School from September 2014 to serve Rushden and East Northants.

The refurbishment project, which has received government funding of £1.8 million, could start next April with the school opening for reception pupils from September 2014.

The cabinet meeting takes places at 2pm on Tuesday 12 November in the Blue Room at County Hall. Papers for the meeting are available on the council’s website.