Starbeck special needs school set to get another 45 pupils
Feb 15, 2023
Springwater School in Starbeck.
Springwater School in Starbeck

North Yorkshire County Council has revealed plans to expand places at Springwater School in Starbeck.

The authority’s executive will discuss plans on Tuesday to create an additional 45 places at the school.

Springwater School, which is based off High Street, teaches children aged two to 19 with “profound and multiple, severe or physical difficulties”.

A report due before councillors says the move would help to provide “more local, quality in-house special school places” within the county.

As part of the plan, the council intends to spend £3.1 million from its High Needs Provision Capital Allocation, which is granted by government.

However, Gary Fielding, strategic director of resources at the council, said in a report it was “disappointing” the amount of funding allocated to the council.

He said:

“Whilst it is appreciated that the Department for Education has prioritised resources to address limited capacity in special schools nationally, it is disappointing that the level of funding allocated to NYCC is the lowest in the country (expressed in terms of £ per pupil aged 2 to 18).”

Senior councillors will make a decision on the proposal at a meeting on February 21.

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