Next steps agreed for more special school places in Hampshire

Extra school places for children with special educational needs in two areas of Hampshire are a step closer, as Hampshire County Council’s plans to increase capacity at two special schools progress to the next stage of consultation

Jan 14 2021

Feedback from initial public consultations 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, Councillor Chadd approved a recommendation to move forward with the publication of statutory public notices for the expansion of Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College in Farnborough and for a significant refurbishment and increase in capacity at Icknield School in Andover. This 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 these developments, which will increase provision of much needed specialist school places for children and young people.

“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 special education needs.”

The initial public consultations for the two developments in late 2020 invited feedback from pupils, their parents, school staff and governors, trade unions and other community stakeholders and were also published on Hampshire County Council’s consultation website:   https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/haveyoursay/consultations.

The outcome of the formal consultations 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 and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The expansion will cater for pupils aged 10 to 16 with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) and will increase the school’s agreed pupils number to 295 (from 205).
  • Icknield School is currently a 78-place special school for children and young people aged 3-19 with Severe Learning Difficulties. The proposed works will provide additional internal teaching accommodation to enable more children to attend the school and significantly improve the overall internal and external learning environment for all pupils, giving a final overall capacity of 88 places.

The new provision at both schools is planned to open in September 2022.