04:10PM, Tuesday 30 September 2014
Forest Bridge School was among 35 new free school to be approved today, which will create more than 22,000 additional school places for children across England.
Backed by Home Secretary Theresa May, Forest Bridge will cater for pupils with high functioning autism who struggle to achieve in mainstream schools.
It will offer 96 places to four to 16-year-olds.
The school's education plan places a particular emphasis on ABA (applied behaviour analysis), ensuring every child makes progress and is ultimately successful.
Announcing the list of successful free school applications, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: "We are giving thousands more parents a choice of high-quality local schools that offer the excellent standard of education that all pupils deserve.
"I am pleased to see how free schools are collaborating and supporting other nearby schools and now 35 more of them will help even more young people fulfil their potential."
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