School plans new service

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PUBLIC consultation on a new specialist autism base at Linlithgow Academy began this week.

The new resource that could benefit S1-S6 secondary pupils across West Lothian will be in place next Easter if it gets the go ahead by parents and council officials.

Across West Lothian, there are dedicated resources for those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at The James Young High School, Livingston and St Kentigern’s Academy, Blackburn. The new base, which would be created in an unused classroom at the Academy at no extra cost, would cater for six additional pupils with autism, within a mainstream school setting. It would add to the total 30-pupil capacity currently offered at The James Young High School and St Kentigern’s Academy. Council officers have recommended the plans are approved as research shows an increase in youngsters being diagnosed with autism over recent years.

For more see the Journal and Gazette out on Friday, October 14.