A school for students with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs has opened in Wisbech.

The new Riverside Meadows Academy - run by the Horizons Education Trust - can cater for up to 60 pupils.

It is one of several special schools that has opened in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council.

Riverside Meadows Academy has sites in both St Neots and Wisbech. 

Wisbech Standard: Riverside Meadows – Wisbech GreenRiverside Meadows – Wisbech Green (Image: Horizons Education Trust)

Headteacher Chris Carey said: “So many people have worked so hard to make this vision a reality, and the impact this school will have on families in the Cambridgeshire area is immeasurable.

“The demand for places at Riverside Meadows - Wisbech Green has been phenomenal and we are really excited for the opportunities we can provide our pupils,” he said.

Horizons Education Trust CEO Dr Kim Taylor OBE said: ‘It is fantastic that this investment has been made for the Wisbech area and we now have this amazing new building for Cambridgeshire.

“It demonstrates the respect for young people with SEMH within the community.”

Cllr Bryony Goodliffe, chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee added: “I am delighted that the local authority has been able to play such a significant part in this outstanding new facility.

“It will serve pupils with SEMH needs in Cambridgeshire and beyond for many years to come.”