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Special School Bid Successful

We are pleased to announce that South Dartmoor Academy Trust have been successful in our bid as part of Wave 12 of the DfE's free school bid process. The Academy Trust will now work with DfE to open a new special school for pupils with autistic spectrum difficulties in September 2018. 

The school will be for children from Key Stages 2 to 5, ages 6 to 19 and will aim to help children to develop their academic and life skills using the environment as a key medium of delivery. 

The bid could not have been successful without the significant help and support of Devon Local Authority. The development of the bid was also facilitated by the support of local parents and schools. The leadership team at Kingsweston School in Bristol have acted as consultants to the South Dartmoor team in creating the bid and vision for the new school.

The school will provide a much needed local solution for children with autistic type difficulties who are unable to access mainstream education. We are thrilled that the huge effort put into writing the bid has met with a positive outcome and we believe that the new school will provide a much needed resource to the locality, meaning children will be able to be educated in their own community without the need for long, expensive and stressful journeys on a daily basis.

Bea Mukherjee, who is the project lead, has done a stunning job in securing  this exciting new development which sits entirely in line with Trust's core values of providing excellent educational opportunities for all in its local community. We would like to thank all of the other academy staff who have contributed to the bid.

The school will sit on the site previously occupied by Milber Infants School in Newton Abbot - the site has been generously provided by Devon Local Authority.