Last week (Thursday), Wokingham Borough Council’s decision-making executive approved the creation of a new autism unit at St Crispin’s School.
The unit will serve approximately 25 pupils (aged 11 to 18), who are currently educated outside of the Wokingham Borough, in the current sixth form that would then be relocated to a new building; one that that is both fit for purpose and designed to support future school expansion.
Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor, executive member for children’s services, said: "The new autism unit at St Crispin’s School is a positive example of our disability strategy and partnership working with the school. Meeting the needs of children and young people with autism is a key feature of the strategy.
"In Wokingham Borough we currently have a dedicated provision for children with autism at Westcott Infant and Westende Junior schools and this resource at St Crispin’s School will complete the education pathway for those pupils."
Funding for the autism unit and sixth form centre (and associated multi-use games area that is required to meet planning requirements) has been allocated as part of the borough council's capital allocation. The unit hopes to open in September 2017.