Special school for Soundwell

June 29 2018

PART of the former Soundwell College building is set to be turned into a new free special school.

It will serve South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset and will be run by the Learn@ Multi-Academy Trust.

The site has been bought for the Government by its free school developer LocatED and the trust will now work with all three councils and the Department for Education to progress detailed plans for a 136-place school for students aged between five and 18 who have a combination of social, emotional, mental health or speech, language and communication needs.

Designs will be drawn up for the old 4.8 acre Soundwell College site including vocational areas for engineering, vehicle workshop, hair and beauty and hospitality and catering training. Part of the current premises is likely to be demolished and rebuilt and the rest of the old college refurbished. The school could provide employment for up to 80 staff.