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Winchelsea School (Poole BSF programme) BH12

Location: UK » South West » BH

Plans to build new premises for Winchelsea special school were cancelled after Michael Gove axed the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) national schoolbuilding programme on 5th July 2010.

Winchelsea School is a Community Special School for pupils with moderate learning difficulties and more complex needs, including Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (Including Asperger Syndrome) and mild sensory and physical impairments.

The school was originally built in 1972 and the existing buildings are not fit for purpose and include temporary accommodation.

Under the BSF proposals, the school would have grown to accommodate 114 students, including 18 new post-16 places. New premises would have been built to replace the existing building, with the playground split into three designated areas for different age groups.

Among the ‘design drivers’ for the proposed new school were:

- To develop learning which is based on stage, not age, particularly at Key Stage 3, and to include a range of learning styles including outdoor, multi-sensory, thematic, project and product based learning
- New post-16 provision which ensures that pupils at Winchelsea reaching age 16, will have appropriate, challenging and meaningful progression to further learning, employment and training
- Develop Enterprise Education on the school site and offer a vocational qualification at Winchelsea
• Achieve specialist status in Communications and Interaction, and become a centre of excellence for children with difficulties in these areas

In addition, Winchelsea was to develop high standard speech and language support facilities in partnership with health colleagues, requiring appropriately identified space with specialist sound proofing.

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