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Bridlington Gets Go-Ahead for New Special Free School

East Riding Council has been successful in a bid for a new 120-place special free school in Bridlington.

The DfE has announced that the bid for the 120-place Bridlington special free school will also go ahead, supporting children aged 5 to 19 with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.

East Riding cabinet member for children, families and education - Councillor Victoria Aitken - says it's great news for the town.

The council says it will support the DfE as they identify an academy trust to operate the school at Bridlington.

Councillor Aitken says the approval of the plan is a welcome investment in the East Riding

Councillor Aitken says that the DfE will be responsible for building the new school but the council will have to identify a site.

Councillor Aitken says it could take around three years to get the new facility open.

The announcement from the Department for Education (DfE) follows East Riding of Yorkshire Council submitting two bids in 2022, one for a special school in Welton and one for Bridlington.

The DfE confirmed last year that the bid for Welton was successful. This school will be called The North Star School, operated by The Education Alliance academy trust, and located adjacent to South Hunsley School, on the former site of St Annes Special School. The North Star School will create up to 120 places for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and is expected to open in 2027

Additionally, in a separate free school bidding round, the council supported The Constellation Trust with a bid for an alternative provision free school, to provide additional short-stay capacity for children aged 7 to 19. The Constellation Trust is now in the pre-opening stage and is working on identifying a site, with a view to opening the provision in September 2025.

Councillor Aitken continued:

“The council is committed to working with all academy trusts, schools and settings, to collectively achieve the best outcomes for our children and young people. Working together we will continue to introduce new provision and resources required to meet needs of our children, and ensure they are supported to achieve their full potential.”


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