Special school places set to increase across town

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Education chiefs in St Helens have given the green light for plans to increase the number of school places for children with special needs.

The plans, which need final approval at a meeting of all the borough’s councillors tonight, would see the creation of a unit for 20 to 25 places for children with moderate learning difficulties at Haydock High School.

Should they be approved, the plans will also see capacity increased at Lansbury Bridge School, going from 170 places to 208, and the relocation of Mill Green Special School. Capacity at the new Mill Green site will increase to 85 places.

Coun Sue Murphy, cabinet member for Schools and Lifelong Learning, said: “By increasing the number of places for special needs children at a number of our good and outstanding St Helens schools we’re helping to ease pressure on parents and provide better outcomes for children.”