A consultation has been launched to open a special school in Twickenham in September 2019.

Auriga Academy Trust are proposing to open Capella House next year. The school will offer places to 72 pupils ages 4 - 19 who have speech, language and communication difficulties and are within the average cognitive ability range.

The school would be based on two sites: Capella House Secondary Centre is proposed open in September 2019 in Egerton Road, with the building ready for occupation. Capella House Primary Centre is proposed to open in September 2020 in Amyand House, Amyand Park Road. This is subject to further consultation and planning consent.

Richmond Council spokesperson, said: “This is a statutory consultation being carried out by the Auriga Academy Trust into the proposed establishment of a new special school in Twickenham. Richmond Council supports this new school, which would provide 72 places within their local community for children and young people with special educational needs. It is absolutely vital that we meet a wider range of special educational needs and disabilities locally, so that children and young people can be educated close to home rather than having to travel further afield, often considerably further, for their schooling.”

A Section 10 consultation has been launched, which is required as part of the process of opening a new school. The consultation will run until January 18. Residents and parents are invited to attend presentation evenings on January 11 (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm) or January 14 (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm) at the proposed site on Egerton Road. Hard copies of the survey will be available at these events.