Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Roz Chadd, approved the school expansions at her recent Decision Day on 16 July 2021, following public notices issued last month. Councillor Chadd said:
“I am delighted to approve these extensions which will allow 108 more children to attend schools close to where they live. Many of these children have additional needs which previously, could only have been met within the private sector, often out of county at great expense to the public purse. These children will now be able to remain in their communities, learning alongside their peers. The work we are doing now is an important investment into the future of SEND provision across Hampshire.”
The additional capacity is mixed between special schools and expanded resourced provisions for SEND within mainstream schools.
Additional physical space will be created in each of the schools using targeted building works or by repurposing existing buildings to accommodate the new pupils, with funding from the Children’s Services Capital Fund. Where possible building works and fit-out will take place over the summer break with the majority of places becoming available during the 2021/2022 school year. Some provisions will phase pupils in over two years.
The increased number of places will be as follows:
Saxon Wood School: 10 additional places, expanding from 34 places to 44 places.
South View Infant and Junior Schools: to develop two new resourced provisions, creating nine Infant places and 12 Junior places.
Hollywater School: eight additional places, expanding from 128 places to 136 places, from Sept 2022.
Lakeside School: five additional places, expanding from 92 places to 97 places and expanding age range to 10-16 years.
St Francis School: 10 additional places, expanding from 94 to 104 places.
Bedenham Primary School: Four additional resourced provision places, expanding resourced provision from eight places to 12 places.
Glenwood School: six additional places, expanding from 97 places to 103 places.
Riverside School: 12 additional places, expanding from 125 places to 137 places – new building will be available from Easter 2022.
Ashley Infants School: eight additional resourced provision places, expanding resourced provision from 16 places to 24 places.
Forest Park School:16 additional places, expanding from 124 places to 140 places.
Wildground Infant and Junior School: eight additional resourced provision places, expanding resourced provision from eight places to 16 places to include places for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Further details on the expansion project for each school are available within the Decision Day papers.