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New SEND hub at Orchard Academy and Shepherdswell Academy

Work is starting on the new improved SEN hub at Orchard Academy. 

East Midlands Academy Trust is creating an improved SEN facility at Orchard Academy for SEN pupils and will be merging the two departments at Orchard Academy and Shepherdswell Academy to deliver future provision for all SEN pupils across the two schools at the new hub at Orchard Academy from January 2022.

SEN departments are defined as mainstream education provision with enhanced resources to support the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

The new SEN provision at Orchard Academy will feature two SEN classrooms, an open-plan breakout space, a secure courtyard area with canopy, a soft play area and a sensory room. The project is being funded and delivered by Milton Keynes Council.

Consultation process

A public consultation on these plans with stakeholders including parents and careres, school staff and the local authority took place earlier this year and finished on Thursday 15th July 2021.


Please find below the full consultation document and initial letter to parents.

Initial Letter to ParentsFull Consultation Document

Consultation Meeting

Our Consultation Meeting took place at 18:00 on Thursday 1st July. You can see a recording of it below.


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