West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has today offered her backing to a bid which will see a new school opened up in Malvern to support children with special educational needs.
Harriett first called for a new autism free school in 2017 after meeting with teachers at Dyson Perrins Academy and hearing plans for a dedicated school to help local pupils with extra support requirements.
The new school will offer extra places for children with autism and other related conditions significantly reducing the number of council-funded car journeys to schools across the county.
The MP has also met with local parents to hear of the challenges of finding spaces at appropriate educational settings and has shared her concerns on several occasions with Worcestershire County Council, pressing for a new autism free school in Malvern.
“There is already some excellent provision for helping children with autism and other related conditions but I have been keen to see something set up closer to Malvern to reduce car journeys and improve the quality of life for local children, their parents and carers.
“I have been working with Worcestershire County Council for many years to encourage them to bid for an autism free school so I am delighted that this first step has been taken.
“I’m hoping for a meeting in the near future to hear the council’s plans in detail and have offered to make the case to Government Ministers when required.”