New education centre for children with special educational needs in north Derbyshire

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A north Derbyshire school is planning to open a new custom-built centre for youngsters with special educational needs.

Hope Valley College is to open a post-16 centre to provide education, work experience and life skills to students with specific learning difficulties.

The centre is designed to complement existing local provision for students with special needs, who may in the past have had to travel out of the area to continue their education.

Principal Bernie Hunter said that the college had worked closely with the education authority on the project, and had involved other local schools and colleges in discussions.

“There is a funding advantage to being an academy and we are encouraged to innovate,” Mr Hunter said.

“The post-16 centre underlines our commitment to providing a high quality education for the whole community. The centre will enable us to help more young people achieve their ambitions and dreams than before.

“This is a truly unique venture that offers a programme centred on the individual that will ensure they realise their true potential.”