The East Anglian Schools Trust (EAST) has been announced as the sponsor of the new school in Suffolk for children with communication and interaction needs. Opening in September, in newly refurbished accommodation on Hillside Road in Bungay, the proposed name for the new school is Castle EAST School. The school is the second to be established in the county specifically for children with communication and interaction needs and will cater largely for students from across north Suffolk.
Children and young people with communication needs and interaction needs have difficulty in communicating with others. This may be because they have difficulty saying what they want to, understanding what is being said to them, or they do not understand or use social rules of communication. The profile for every child is different and their needs may change over time. They may have difficulty with one, some or all of the different aspects of speech, language or social communication at different times of their lives.
Castle EAST School will be the fourth school for newly formed multi academy trust EAST which also includes Bungay, Farlingaye and Kesgrave High Schools. Louise Franks, Chair of the EAST Trust Board, said:
“EAST was established to meet the needs of local children, to develop a passion for learning and build resilient, confident learners. We feel privileged to have been chosen to sponsor the new communication and interaction school. We recognise that with this honour comes a huge responsibility and are delighted to be able to create this much needed resource, helping our Local Authority partners to offer learners access to an education suited to their needs.”
Angelo Goduti, EAST Trust CEO, said:
"This is an absolutely crucial development for supporting individuals with significant communication and interaction needs in Suffolk. It provides the much needed specialist support to children who may have struggled in the past to access it and is a genuinely inclusive offer for students who may be experiencing very difficult circumstances. Castle EAST School will be ready in September and is extremely exciting for the educational landscape in the region which will make such a significant impact on the life chances of children in Suffolk."
Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Cllr Mary Evans, said:
“We are looking forward to working with the EAST to develop this new school which is an exciting and important element in Suffolk’s programme to transform Special Educational Needs provision in Suffolk. The new school will complement new specialist units being developed across the county and will mean that, for the first time, children with communication and interaction needs in north Suffolk will have bespoke provision available to them in their local community”.
EAST are now opening a Section 10 consultation for the local community’s views on the opening of the new school. The consultation opens on Friday 15 January 2021 and can be found on EAST’s website at: https://eastanglianschoolstrust.greenhousecms.co.uk/. The consultation closes on 12 February 2021.