More than £3 million spend on extra SEND places at schools across Kettering approved

Schools and education

13 June 2024

North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive has approved a report recommending a £3,143,100 spend on providing 48 more places in mainstream education for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across Kettering.

The funding will ensure that units are provided at Greenfields Primary School and Southfield School for Girls by September 2025.

The Council has liaised with the respective schools and Trusts, who have confirmed they can accommodate the units and are able to agree to manage the proposed scheme if approved.  

The SEND unit at Greenfields Primary School, part of the David Ross Education Trust in Kettering, will address the needs of speech, language and communication. The unit will provide 32 places over two academic years for children aged two to 11-years old.

The scheme includes a new building and a part adaptation of an existing bungalow to open in September 2025. The project is anticipated to be completed by September 2025.

The SEND unit at Southfield School for 11 to 18 year old girls, part of the Orbis Education Trust, will address the needs of a further 16 pupils with or being assessed for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH).

The scheme includes the refurbishment of existing mobile classrooms and the installation of a teaching block including toilets for September 2024.