Exeter House headteacher Matt Sambrook welcomed Wiltshire Council’s proposals to invest £20 million to ensure every pupil has access to a first class education in Wiltshire.

He said the proposals to have two centres of excellence in Wiltshire catering for special needs pupils working extensively with mainstream schools, resource bases, parents and other professionals, offered “incredible opportunities.”

“The vision would enable life-changing opportunities, not just for pupils in special schools across the county, but for all pupils in Wiltshire with a designation of special educational needs.

“As a centre of excellence, we would be able to meet increasing need and demand for Special Educational provision and provide comprehensive working with mainstream schools, resource bases, parents and other professionals.”

The proposals are part of a consultation which goes on until  March 1 and people are being encouraged to give their views.

As part of the proposals the schools at Larkrise, Trowbridge, St Nicholas, Chippenham and Rowdeford would close in 2023 when the proposed new school opens.

Wiltshire Council’s cabinet will consider the proposals and responses to the consultation available through:

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