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Local Academy Trust calls for new school with application to Department for Education

Proposals for a new Special School for Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset were this week submitted to the Department for Education.

The Harbour School proposed by Delta Education Trust, which includes The Quay School in Poole, has submitted an application for a new Special School for 60 students with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders) and related conditions including Anxiety and Speech and Language needs, to open in 2017/18.

This application represents many months of dedication and hard work. To complete the lengthy application form Delta Education Trust had to write detailed education plans and demonstrate viability; put together a strong team and engage with the local community.

If their application is approved, the next stage will be a rigorous interview with the Department for Education after which they will hear whether their school has been given the green light.

Jo Perry CEO of Delta Education Trust said:

“This is an exciting opportunity to develop a special place to learn at the heart of our community where each child will be able to develop their individual skills and talents and flourish. This is just the beginning of our journey and there are many challenges to come.I would like to thank council officers, Quay School parents, staff and Governors who have provided unstinting support throughout the application process.”

Delta Education Trust was supported through the application process by national education charity New Schools Network.

Nick Timothy, Director of New Schools Network, said:

“There are now nearly 450 free schools open or approved to open across the country. The Harbour School joins a growing number of schools, teachers, parents and other organisations that have taken up the challenge of proposing a new school designed to meet the particular needs of their community.

“Preparing an application for the Department for Education is on its own a huge commitment and we hope they will have the chance to put their plans into action.”

Interested parents can find out more at : or by contacting Jo Perry or John White at The Quay School 01202 674205 / 716910

by Ian Alexander