Metro Mayor officially opens new special needs school in South Gloucestershire

Metro Mayor Dan Norris has officially opened a new independent school in South Gloucestershire that caters for children with special needs.

The new 25-place Neptune School in Poplar Road in Warmley will welcome learners aged seven to 14, helping to address a shortage of places for children who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

Headteacher Rachel Lynch showed Mr Norris around the new school after the official opening ceremony.

Mr Norris said: “Getting a new school off the ground must be a big challenge, so it was interesting to learn more about what things the headteacher and her staff will be doing to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for the children right from day one.

“I know that helping the children feel rightly proud of all their achievements will be a central part of this new school’s philosophy, and I found out more about the techniques staff will be using to boost the youngsters’ self-esteem.”

The school is part of Phoenix Learning and Care, which was established in 2006 and has more than 40 services across the South West of England.

Pictured at the opening are Metro Mayor Dan Norris (centre, left)  with the chairman of Phoenix Learning and Care Michael Buckingham, its chief executive Jon Pain, and the headteacher of Neptune School Rachel Lynch.