School for children with mental health issues to open in Brighton Brighton News

A NEW specialist school for autistic children and young people with anxiety and other mental health issues is set to open in Brighton.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s Children, Young People and Skills Committee is being asked to approve the plans.

The new school would operate as a satellite of Portslade’s Hill Park School in the former Cedar Center in Lynchet Close, Hollingdean.

He would teach students with autism, anxiety and mental health issues, but no learning disabilities.

The council worked with parents and careers to develop special school services in the city and found the gap in provision for children and young people with autism.

An eight-week consultation conducted in April and May this year received 86 responses, of which 91% said there was a need for a school supporting this group of young people.

More than three quarters of respondents strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with opening a new service at the Cedars Center for children and young people with autistic, anxiety and mental health needs.

A report presented to the committee on Monday 13 May said: “A significant number of these pupils are currently not accessing education or are placed in unmaintained independent specialist schools.

“By developing this provision, we will increase school attendance for vulnerable learners and support them to attend school locally and within their own community.”

L'Argus: The new school is set up on the site of the former Center des CèdresThe new school is located on the site of the former Center des Cèdres

The Hollingdean site is said to have 30 secondary-age pupils aged 11 to 16, counted as Hill Park pupils.

Hill Park in Foredown Road currently has 197 students with complex needs aged 3-19 at two sites, one for primary students and one for secondary students.

Some of his high school students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASC) have moderate learning disabilities and would benefit from a more mainstream education, but find the high schools too big and crowded.

Due to the growing demand for special education, Hill Park is struggling to find space and is too small to accommodate all the students who need special education.

Demand for spaces at Hill Park has increased by 25% over the past five years and continues to grow.

The report stated, “The Cedar Center building is mostly on one level, providing good access.

“A project has been designed for the Cedar Center building which includes a complete renovation and remodeling of the building, which will allow the building to meet the needs of students for whom CSA is the primary need.

“If this proposal goes ahead, the construction works will involve an internal refurbishment as well as a small extension to the front of the building creating a small level on the first floor.”

Councilors have approved a development application to expand the Cedars Center site in November 2021.

The Children, Young People and Skills Committee meets at Hove Town Hall from 4pm on Monday 13th June. The meeting is scheduled for webcast on the board’s website.

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