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We are delighted to report that Surrey County Council, in partnership with the National Autistic Society (NAS) is proposing to develop a specialist resource centre at Salesian School. The centre will have places for up to 20 young people with autism and will provide the structured support they need to access fully inclusive school placements.

The Council is responding to local demand for more specialised places for students in Surrey. Building it here recognises Salesian’s history of success educating children with autistic-related learning difficulties. It represents a unique opportunity for us to extend our caring and inclusive ethos to a group of students whose needs cannot currently be met close to home. It also means access to additional expertise within the school to support the students we already teach who have been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum. The 20 places on offer - approximately four per year group - will be added to the school’s current pupil allocation.

Headteacher James Kibble says: “We are delighted to support this initiative. We have a successful record of supporting and including children with autistic spectrum learning difficulties, and are keen to be able to put this experience to even better use. We look forward to working with Surrey County Council and the National Autistic Society as we consult on the plans over the coming weeks.”

Planning permission for the building (artist's impression below) has been approved, next to the tennis courts at the Guildford Road site, and the details of the proposal are now open for consultation with stakeholders. (Update: as of July, this consultation is now closed).

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