The Vale of Glamorgan Council has approved plans for a specialist autism resource base to be located within Whitmore High School in Barry.
The newly-constructed £31 million school is due for completion next month and should welcome its first pupils in May.
It will boast state of the art facilities, including a four-court sports hall, performance space, courtyard with outside dining and areas to support pupil wellbeing.
The school will also offer bespoke provision for those with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).
Accommodating up to 20 pupils, the base will be separate area containing small classrooms, breakout spaces, a sensory room, accessible toilets and a work skills area with a kitchen.
“This proposal forms part of the council’s strategy to transform special education in the Vale of Glamorgan to meet projected future demand and better meet the needs of our most vulnerable learners,” said Cllr Lis Burnett, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration.
“Placing the resource base within a mainstream secondary school provides additional support for pupils with ASC whilst ensuring they can access mainstream secondary education.
“This would reduce demand for places at our special school Ysgol Y Deri, whilst also ensuring there is provision for pupils who would not normally meet the criteria for placements there.”
The creation of this resource base is part of the Council’s 21st Century Schools Programme, a far-reaching series of projects aimed at transforming educational provision across the County.
Another new school, Pencoedtre High, is also due for completion later this year, alongside an expansion and refurbishment of Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg and new buildings for St David’s and Llancarfan primary schools.