Berkshire

Maidenhead free school for children with autism agreed

A free school for children with autism is to open in Berkshire.

The Forest Bridge School in Maidenhead will open in September after the Department for Education agreed funding.

The school for pupils aged four to 16 will open on a site in Chiltern Road before moving to its long-term site in Burchett's Green in 2017.

Chair of governors Sally Palmer said the school team had worked "tirelessly" for this "fantastic result".

Parent founder Jo Haswell said: "Securing our funding agreement is the last stage in a process that has taken the parent founders from discussing the school as an idea in January 2014 to preparing to open the doors of the school in September 2015."

For the first two years the school will occupy the Chiltern Road site vacated by Oldfield Primary School.

In September 2017 Forest Bridge School will move to its new long-term site on the Berkshire College of Agriculture campus in Burchetts Green.

It will be the third free school in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

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