Plans to boost the size of a specialist school in Bexleyheath have emerged this week.

Endeavour Academy, in Woodside Road, has proposed bulldozing an old caretakers house to make room for extra classrooms.

If the scheme is approved two new buildings with classrooms, a reception and a “learning resources room” would be built.

The extension would mean the school can take on up to 20 extra special educational needs children.


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According to planning documents: “The current school is a secondary SEN school for pupils with SEMH from 11 years old. This will allow local families with children which require special needs support the option to send their children here.

“The proposed buildings are not intended for community use, only for the pupils from the school.

“The main criteria for the school is that the pupils have a safe and enjoyable place to learn and develop their education needs, being a SEN school the main interest is to care and educate the pupils with learning difficulties and have a safe place to help the local community with children with learning and social  disabilities.

“The facilities required are not too different to a normal school however, more care and space is required with some of the disabilities the pupils may have, including realigning some pupils with medical need.”

Earlier this year it was announced that the council has had government funding for two new free schools, including Cleeve Meadow School, which will have room for 120 students with learning difficulties.

It comes as demand for special educational needs grows in the borough as well as across the country.

Last month Labour education spokeswoman Wendy Perfect said it was disgraceful that the government was not funding education fully for kids with high needs.

Labour councillors previously joined national calls for a spending review for schools.

The group has backed a country-wide campaign by the National Education Union calling for education secretary Damien Hinds to find more money for schools.

Officers are currently assessing these current plans with no decision yet made.