£2 million investment proposed for specialist Milton Keynes school in bid to create extra spaces

Milton Keynes Council is proposing to invest £2m to create 32 new and specialised teaching places for children with additional needs.

Currently, MK is served by six special schools. With the city expanding, Milton Keynes Council is expecting demand for specialist school places to grow too.

Proposals are currently being considered to expand Stephenson Academy, adding four new classrooms plus intervention and therapy spaces to help 32 additional pupils. The proposals have already received support from parents and other participants.

A decision to confirm the proposed investment is set for 23rd June.

Over the past 8 years, Milton Keynes Council has opened 6 new schools and expanded 24 others.

The development of Stephenson Academy is proposed alongside an expansion of the age range to include Key Stage 2 pupils at the school.

Councillor Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: "This critical project will allow the school to offer additional school places for pupils with special educational needs.

"As the city expands, we must ensure that no young people are left behind and that our network of local schools continues to support all families. Developing existing provision, alongside building sustainable new schools will remain a priority for this council.”

The project will be funded from the Council’s Special Provision Fund, a grant allocated to the Council directly from Government.