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Montacute Special School (Poole BSF programme) BH17

Location: UK » South West » BH

Plans for new and expanded premises for Montacute Special School were cancelled after Michael Gove axed the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) national schoolbuilding programme on 5th July 2010.

Montacute School caters for children with severe, complex or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Some have additional sensory impairment, physical difficulties or medical needs, and others are identified as being within the autistic spectrum. The school provides for 75 pupils between the ages of 2 and 18 years.

The school was built in 1968, in conjunction with an Adult Learning Centre on the same site. Although well-maintained, the school building is now unsuitable as special school accommodation. The former Adult Training Centre is no longer used and is becoming derelict.

Under the proposed redevelopment, Montacute was to have been moved to a new site alongside Langside School, a non-maintained special school in Poole managed by Dorset Scope. The proposal was to accommodate an additional 27 children from Langside into an enlarged Montacute School to provide a new school with world class learning and facilities. Langside would then close.

Under the axed proposals, Montacute School would have become a regional centre for families with children and young people with disabilities, providing extended use of facilities for families during weekends and holidays.

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