A planning application to open a residential school for children who, for one reason or another, cannot receive suitable education has been submitted to Crawley Borough Council.
The application, from the Tri-Borough Alternative Provision Trust (TBAP) to take over Broadfield House was submitted today (August 19) and a decision is expected to be made by October 14.
An alternative provision trust is the government’s name for a pupil referral unit (PRU) which has converted to academy status.
They teach children who have been excluded, have not attended school because of a short- or long-term illness, or are a new starter waiting for a mainstream school place.
Broadfield House used to be the home of the Discovery School - Crawley’s first Free School - which was closed down in 2014.
TBAP was established in 2013 and currently runs seven alternative provision academies - two of which have been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
It was given charitable foundation status in June.
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