SEN specialist plans school in former home of Fosse Bank prep

Witherslack Group has applied to refurbish the former home of Fosse Bank School, which closed suddenly in March

Witherslack takes over Fosse Bank

A leading special educational needs (SEN) provider has applied to open a school on the premises of the recently-closed Fosse Bank School, KentLive reports.

Witherslack Group is behind the plan to open the SEN school for primary and secondary pupils at the site near Tonbridge, Kent.

It has applied to refurbish Mountains Country House, set in 28 acres of parkland, which was the home of Fosse Bank School until it shut suddenly in March, after a planned sell-off fell through.

Witherslack Group has 22 specialist SEN schools across the country, both day and residential. The new school would be for 90 pupils with SEN, aged between eight and 18.

Subject to listed building consent for the refurbishment to all floors at the Grade II listed building, the school will open in March and created 60 new jobs.

The group provides specialist education and care for young people with a range of special needs including autistic spectrum conditions, Asperger’s Syndrome, speech, language and communication needs and other complex learning needs.

The catchment area for the new school will be the same as Kent County Council. Local authority funded placements will be available, a spokesperson told KentLive.