The County Council plans to create a specialist 90-place unit for SEMH pupils aged 10-16 years within the college. Feedback from public consultation with stakeholders, which took place in November and December, was considered by Councillor Roz Chadd, the County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, at the decision day meeting held on 13 January 2021. Consequently, Cllr Chadd approved a recommendation to move forward with the publication of statutory public notices, which means that a formal consultation period of four weeks will begin on 15 January 2021. Councillor Chadd commented:
“I am very happy to support the recommendations that we proceed to Public Notices for the development, which will increase provision of much needed local specialist school places for children and young people in the north of Hampshire.
“The County Council is committed to further developing existing successful provision or creating new provision to meet demand for places for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs.”
The initial public consultation in late 2020 invited feedback from pupils, their parents, school staff and governors, trade unions and other community stakeholders and was also published on Hampshire County Council’s consultation website: https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/haveyoursay/consultations.
The outcome of the statutory public notice period will be reported at a future decision day in February 2021.
Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College is an all-through special school for 4 to 16 year-olds with Moderate Learning Disabilities (MLD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The new facility will increase the school’s number of pupil places to 295 (from 205) and alter the designation of the school to include pupils SEMH needs.
The new provision is planned to open in phases from September 2022.