We have been successful in our bid to establish a new special school. Its focus will be on some of our most complex children and young people, in particular those with Autism Spectrum Conditions and social, emotional, and mental health needs. 

We are now inviting proposals, in partnership with the Department for Education (DfE), from prospective sponsors to open the new school. If a strong proposal is received that both the local authority and the Secretary of State wish to take forward, the DfE will provide capital funding and start-up grants subject to value for money assessments. 

The deadline for trust applications is 30 September 2019, after which applications will be assessed and strong applicant trusts will be interviewed, with a view for the school to be established in time for the 2022 to 2023 academic year. 

Stakeholder engagement event

We are pleased to invite you to an event that we are holding on Tuesday 11 June, 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HH. We will go through the service specification for the proposed school and provide information and support to prospective sponsors on the application process. The New Schools Network will also be attending the event and will present on the support they can offer to potential sponsors. 

Read the event programme for more details. 

We would be grateful if you could let us know by Tuesday, 4 June 2019 if you plan to attend - please email charlotte.crookes@sheffield.gov.uk to confirm your attendance. 

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