One of our main priorities is to deliver new local SLD places. To make sure that we can meet the future demand in Hertfordshire, we will be creating 300 new places, with first delivery in 2024.
While those 300 new places are being created, a small number of extra places are being made at Watling View, along with a full replacement of their hydrotherapy pool.
We are committing a large amount of capital investment to relocate and enlarge Breakspeare School to a brand new purpose-built location in Croxley Green, which will fully meet the needs of both existing and new children. This proposal has now been approved by Cabinet and, subject to planning permission, there will be an additional 113 places available at the new school from January 2024.
In addition, plans for a new 100 place SLD special school are underway and could be opened from as early as September 2024. In the longer term, another new SLD school is planned in the north of the county, subject to demand and approvals, in September 2025.