On 12 April 2017, the DfE announced the approval of 131 new free schools, including approval of plans to launch special free school competitions in a number of areas of the country including Havering.

Havering Council decided at its Cabinet meeting on the 5 July 2017 to seek a free school proposer for the establishment of a new special free school for 60 children with Communication and Interaction Needs (C&I) and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) in the age range 3 to 16.

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