This was in the face of government policy over many years to remove such provision in favour of more integration into mainstream schools. Units such as the Laurel Centre offer the best of both worlds and I was delighted to talk with children who benefited from special attention in the Unit and also from joining in mainstream classes at The North School. Headteacher Lesley Ellis was keen to emphasise, in discussion with me, that the Unit (or Centre as she prefers to call it) is cited at the heart of the school, and it is clear that secondary students with with significant ASD in the Ashford area will benefit greatly from the expertise being developed at the school.
I look forward to further Units being opened where appropriate. You will find more information on SEN Units here.