A NEW special school is set to open in Rixton.

Lymm-based Bright Futures has application seeking planning permission from Warrington Borough Council in order to convert the Mission House on Moat Lane into a school.

The site would become a special independent school for boys and girls aged between 14 and 25.

Currently used as a three-bedroom detached house, the building dates back to 1894 and was originally used as a village hall.

Warrington Guardian:

Operating from 8am to 5pm from Monday to Friday, the scheme also includes 16 car parking spaces.

Planning application documents stated: "Bright Futures School is proposing to open a new school facility by converting the existing Mission House, which is currently used as a three-bedroom detached dwelling.

"The proposed change of use of the Mission House will offer approximately 240m sq of school facilities.

"Bright Futures School specialises in provision for children with autism and brings a new approach to autism education.

"It focuses on the core difficulties that lie at the heart of autism.

"These include problems with rigid thinking, managing uncertainty and change, social interaction and understanding and managing emotions.

"These are the difficulties that are at the root of distressed and challenging behaviour."

A consultation on the plans runs until Thursday, April 4.