Payments will be unavailable on Friday 6 December, 8am-2pm

Due to essential systems maintenance, we will be unable to accept payments online, by phone or at our offices between 8am and 2pm on Friday 6 December. Apologies for any inconvenience. This does not affect ticket bookings for Santa at the Valley →

A new primary special school in Sandwell

Sandwell Council is inviting bids from proposers interested in developing a new primary special school in Sandwell. The school will cater for 126 children with special educational needs and disabilities with a focus on children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD). The age range will be from 5 to 11. 

A specialist free secondary school for ASD pupils has already been agreed but there is a need for a primary equivalent as current specialist provision is already near to capacity. 

Our specification for a new Primary Special School in Sandwell

How to apply guide and trust application form

Supplementary information: Update - confirmed site location plan

Frequently asked questions

The deadline for trust applications is 30 September 2019, after which applications will be assessed and shortlisted applicant trusts will be interviewed. 

Primary Special Free School Stakeholder Engagement Event

We will be holding a Stakeholder Engagement Event for potential sponsors of the new primary special free school, and we look forward to welcoming you to the event:

Date: Wednesday 26 June 2019
Time: 10am to 12midday
Location: Friar Park Millennium Centre, Friar Park Road, Wednesbury WS10 0JS

Car parking arrangements: there is free on-street parking available directly outside the Centre and along the road.

For anyone travelling from outside of the Sandwell area, the Centre is a short walk from the local train station, Tame Bridge Parkway.