Levelling-Up: Work progresses at pace on new school which will enable young people to thrive

Schools, Libraries and Learning
09:36, Wednesday, 4th May 2022

A new post-16 special free school is being built in Scunthorpe, supporting more students to develop important life skills and prepare them for adulthood.

Earlier this year the council announced its inflation-busting budget, unveiling plans to spend almost £170m on its residents in the coming year.

A substantial amount of this is being targeted to enable vulnerable children, families, and those with disabilities to access more opportunities and lead better lives.

Work on the new school, one of the projects confirmed in the budget, is progressing at pace.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This is just one example of the council’s commitment to our young people. We are investing heavily to enable all children and young people in North Lincolnshire to get the best opportunities to develop and achieve.

“The Government continues to support our ambitious plans on this key priority area and they have funded the construction of Trent View College.

“It will have a huge impact on many people, the school will greatly benefit students with special educational needs and disabilities, boosting access to skills and employment as they grow into adulthood.”

Called Trent View College, the school is being developed on land off West Common Lane and will provide up to 60 places for pupils aged between 16 and 24 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Students will be expertly supported to develop their skills across a range of subjects including catering, the arts and technology, building on previous learning.

The new school is being developed by the council together with the Government’s Department for Education (DfE) and the Wellspring Academy Trust.

The exciting news comes after support for children with SEND across the region received a glowing praise from Ofsted.

In the report, inspectors highlighted how young people achieve better outcomes, access opportunities and lead better lives in North Lincolnshire.

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children and families, said: “Having seen the impact of the experience of my son who needed to go out of county for a specialist college placement, I completely understand how important and valuable it is to have great facilities like this locally.

“This will enable young adults to stay in their community amongst friends and family and provide the opportunity to work with local employers gaining new skills and important connections to give them the best possible to start to adult life.”

To access information, advice and support, visit the North Lincolnshire SEND Local Offer website.