New school for autistic children ready to welcome pupils - The Solihull Observer

New school for autistic children ready to welcome pupils

Solihull Editorial 12th Oct, 2023   0

PREPARATIONS are underway for the grand opening of a new school for children with autism in Castle Bromwich.

The Heights Academy is set to welcome children aged 7 to 16 years old who have been diagnosed with autism.

It will open for the first time on November 5.

With the help of Solihull Council, newly appointed headteacher Nicola Redhead and her team have been preparing the school for the opening.

While work was completed at the former Bosworth Infant and Junior School site off Auckland Drive to adapt it to suit the special needs of the attending pupils, the school’s year 7 pupils have been having lessons at Sans Souci Teaching Centre in Shirley.

Nicola said: “The Heights new pupils and staff are looking forward to moving into their impressive new building.

“This is a very exciting time for them and the Forward Education Trust.”

The school will be part of Forward Education Trust, which has other special schools across the West Midlands serving hundreds of pupils with varying special educational needs.

Chief executive of the trust, Simon Dilkes, said: “Everyone at Forward Education Trust is proud to be working with Solihull Council, our children, and their families at this new school.

“While there is still work to be done before our full opening at the new site, I’d like to thank Nicola Redhead and her staff, as well as Tilbury Douglas for their work on the site, and the Department for Education for their support during the process of setting up a new school.”

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