Gloucestershire County Council set to approve £1.6 million expansion at Forest of Dean school

Heart of the Forest School

Gloucestershire County Council is set to approve £1.6 million funding to expand a school in the Forest of Dean.

The council funding would pay for an expansion of the Heart of the Forest Community Special School.

The project will provide an additional 10 places for children aged between 4-11 with social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) needs, at the Coleford school.

Councillors will be asked to approve the additional funding at a meeting of Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday, 10 November.

Plans would see places for 10 additional pupils being made available from September 2022, allowing pupils to get the education they need closer to where they live.

Cllr Philip Robinson, Cabinet member for economy, education and skills, said: “This investment will allow more children to have access to the high-quality of education they deserve, closer to where they live.

“It will allow some of our county’s most vulnerable children to be educated in a way that is suited to their needs.”

Some £1.191 million of the funding would come from the High Needs Provision fund, with £409,000 coming from the Healthy Pupils Capital fund to improve children and young people’s physical, mental health, and wellbeing.

This latest investment into provision for pupils with special educational needs follows a £9.5 million investment to build a new SEMH school in Brockworth.