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Mendip Free School gets planning permission!

18 June 2015

A major milestone for the Mendip Free School has been reached with the granting of planning permission for the new building, which will be located on a 2 hectare green field site at the northern end of the Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.

It will form the first phase of a masterplan for a mixed development of parts of the Showground which is being jointly developed by the Royal Bath and West of England Society and their Regeneration Partner London & Wharfedale Limited. 

Mendip Free School is a new special school serving 120 students aged from 4 to 19 with autism, language and social communications needs. There is currently no facility in Somerset to provide for the needs of this group of students, who are often sent out of the County to schools in other areas, which themselves are over-subscribed with limited spaces available. Mendip Free School will address this pressing need to provide a bespoke facility within Somerset to improve the educational outcomes for this vulnerable group of students.

It will be designed and constructed to the latest Education Funding Agency standards and will be around 2790sqm in area, single-storey, with a range of external games and play areas.