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Earlston in Borders to get new special needs school

New school for pupils with special needs to open in Earlston in the new year Photo: ITV Border

A new school will be established for primary-aged children with special needs.

The school will be based in Earlston, following approval from the Scottish Borders Council.

Students from spectrum classes at Wilton Primary School in Hawick and St. Ronan's Primary School in Innerleithen will be transferred to the new school, which will also be opened to other students with autism, sensory impairments and who require additional support.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison says feedback from the public, pupils and staff helped make plans for the school a reality.

I am delighted that we now have full agreement to these proposals and can progress with our plans to provide children and young people in the Borders who have complex needs with a high quality learning environment that has been specifically designed to meet their needs.

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC’s Executive Member for Education

A name for the school will be approved in January 2017, with 'Leader Valley School' being the lead option.

The school will open in February 2017 with students and staff moving in during the spring term.