PROGRESS is now being made on a new purpose-built special school in Eastbourne.

It will be situated behind St Wilfrid’s Hospice just off Cross Levels Way.

An East Sussex County Council spokesperson said back in October 2019, “With a growing need for places for children with autism and profound multiple learning difficulties, it’s vital we have enough school places to meet demand in the years ahead and this is set out in our SEND strategy.”

Now Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell has provided this update: “I have also met with Baroness Berridge to discuss progress towards the brand new, purpose-built special school planned for Eastbourne.

I have long campaigned for these vital school places and I can’t wait to see this new school start to take shape – even better, open its doors to its first ever cohort of young people, including tinnies.  It has been a long time in the coming with this latest stage requiring quite extensive archaeological work. 

On the back of my meeting this week, I have been given assurances that this Department for Education led project is moving forward and I will continue to work closely with ministers to see it delivered.”