Planning application submitted for £9m addition to Telford school

A Telford school has revealed £9m plans for a new building for students with special educational needs.

Queensway Academy, which is part of the Learning Community Trust, has submitted a planning application for a new building next to its existing Hortonwood site, which will provide education for students with special educational needs from ages 7-16.

The school focuses on education for children and young individuals on the autistic spectrum, as well as those facing social, emotional, and mental health challenges

Headteacher Julie Bravo said: “The new building will be an extension to our existing facilities at Queensway North, to provide education for key stage 2, 3 and 4 students. The extra space will also enable us to link more readily with our second site at
Queensway South in Dawley and share resources between the two schools.

“It will provide accessible and flexible teaching facilities in a modern, energy-efficient and sustainable building, as well as a range of ancillary spaces. We aim to create an attractive and welcoming teaching and learning environment for both students and staff.”

Pending approval of planning permission, construction could start in autumn 2024, with the hope of opening the facility by September of the following year.

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