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New Corby school would meet rising demand for SEN places

Northamptonshire County Council wants to create a new free school for children with special educational needs. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A new school for children with special educational needs could be created in Northamptonshire to meet a rising demand for places.

The county council has revealed plans for an all-through free school in Corby.

It follows a 9.3% increase in the number of children attending a special education needs (SEN) school between January 2014 and January 2016.

Red Kite Academy, which would be built on part of the former Beanfield Community School, would provide places for up to 100 pupils aged four to 18.

A planning application is due to be submitted later this month and building work could start next June.

"We know there are an increasing number of children in Northamptonshire attending special educational needs schools and this new school will help us to meet demand and provide local places for local children.

“I would encourage people in Corby to come along to our consultation event to find out more about these exciting plans.”

– Cllr Matthew Golby, Northamptonshire County Council.

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Increase in school places

More than nine in ten children in Essex will go to their parents first or second choice of primary school in the county.

The county council says its created more than three thousand new places for the current academic year.

Its also set aside three hundred and sixty thousand pounds to create more over the next 3 years.

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Thousands turn out for Science Festival

Thousands of youngsters in Cambridge have been finding out how they can use science in their everyday lives as part of a drive to get more of them interested in the subject. The annual University of Cambridge Science Festival allows children to take part in a range of activities.

Last weekend alone more than 20,000 people attended events around the City and it's hoped that figure will be beaten this weekend.

What's the value of the government school league tables?

The latest school performance league tables have been released by the Department for Education - pitting the country's high schools, sixth forms and colleges against each other.

It was a mixed bag of results in the Anglia region in 2013.

While in the East of the Anglia region, Southend managed to finish in the top half of local authorities with more than 60 per cent of pupils achieving the government's gold standard at GCSE, Suffolk and Norfolk remain worryingly close to the bottom.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Education Correspondent Elodie Harper

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