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New SEAX Trust school to open in Chelmsford for young people with autism.

We are thrilled that after months of discussions and planning that the DfE have given the SEAX Trust the approval to open a new school in Chelmsford for 70 children and young people with autism. The Trust has been working in partnership with ECC to identify the level of need and the proposed site which will also include 10 residential places ensuring that more children can remain in Essex with their families.

The school will cater specifically for those children and young people with  autism and complex learning difficulties ; the nature of their autism will be complex and will inevitably feature high levels of anxiety, a prevalent feature of today’s society.

The ethos of the school will focus on personal growth, development and challenge  of the individual so that every young person with autism can live their life to its fullest potential. Pupils will benefit from a highly engaging curriculum combined with a range of therapeutic programmes focussed on their individual needs.  Class sizes will be small with a high level of adult support in an autistic friendly environment – designed to provide a calm and nurturing building.

It is envisaged that the residential accommodation will provide for a maximum of 10 children and bridge the gap between home and school – a challenging and difficult time for families.

Now starts the intense work of preparation for opening in 2018/19 –and we need your help. The SEAX Trustees next step is to establish an interim Project Development Group and we are actively seeking to recruit volunteers who have the experience, professional skills, time and above all the passion to realise the opening of this very special school. It is a major commitment; both demanding and rewarding, if you are keen to express an interest in this role more please contact

Gillian MacKenzie, SEAX Trust 01245 262779,

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