The project comprises the development of the former Chineham Primary School in Popley, Basingstoke to form the Austen Academy.
The academy will be a 125 place all-through special needs school with associated car park as well as play areas and sports facilities. The existing Nursery on the site will remain in place.
Construction on the site has recently seen windows being installed, the roof works completed and essential landscaping works beginning to take shape at the entrance of the building.
This new school will be built to meet future demand for places for pupils with special educational needs and will have a focus on children with social and communication difficulties.
This will enable these vulnerable children to be able to access education in a safe and familiar setting to lessen their feelings of anxiety and provide the best learning opportunities to meet their needs.
Once fully operational the school will cater for pupils aged between 4 and 18 years old.
The Austen Academy will form part of a £10 million investment from Hampshire County Council working with the Department for Education to build the school. The school will be operated by the Catch 22 Academy Trust.