An application by Kent County Council (KCC) to establish two new special free schools in the county has been approved by the Secretary of State for Education.

Both schools will be for pupils with Profound, Severe and Complex Needs – one in Swanley for 250 children and the other in Whitstable for 120. The proposals were included in KCC’s current Commissioning Plan for Education Provision.

The County Council submitted the bids as part of its Safety Valve submission to the Department for Education (DfE) last Autumn.

The green light comes just a few months after work began on building a special school on Sheppey, to be run by the Sabden Multi-Academy Trust.

By Ed

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