Consultation on the use of the former Park Children’s Centre, Aldershot

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Hampshire County Council is reviewing and consulting on proposals to host a satellite provision for pupils from Henry Tyndale Special School at the former Park Children’s Centre

The purpose of this consultation is to ask for your views and consult on the proposal that accommodation at the former Park Children’s Centre at Park Primary School, Gloucester Road, Aldershot is used as a specialist satellite provision run by Henry Tyndale School, Ship Lane, Farnborough. This will provide accommodation to meet the needs of up to 35 primary aged pupils with specific learning difficulties (SLD) and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).  The current agreed pupil number of Henry Tyndale School is 153 – therefore their total on roll would become 188 utilising the former Park Children’s Centre site. Subject to the outcome of the consultation, it is proposed that the first additional places are available at this site in September 2022 and plans to be full within 2 years.

This is an exciting opportunity to utilise this accommodation at the former Children’s Centre building to provide this much needed facility for local children. It is proposed that some internal building alterations are undertaken to create appropriate learning spaces and hygiene facilities together with upgraded external play areas.  Also landscaping and works to the car park entrance and car park to accommodate a turning circle and drop off area for the new provision – this element of the works will be subject to a planning application in due course. You can find the draft drawings for these works below.

Existing site plan

Proposed site plan

Hampshire County Council is committed to expanding successful provision where possible to meet demand. Currently there is an increased need to provide support for pupils with complex learning needs in this area of the county. This proposal will provide much needed specialist educational capacity to meet this increased demand.

Headteachers and governors will work closely together to ensure all pupils benefit regarding this joint project, however the new provision will be run by Henry Tyndale School. As such the admissions process for each school is entirely separate. Discussions are also underway with the Hampshire School Travel Team to look at the practicalities of the start and end of the school day and potential different timings for each provision - the safety and safeguarding of pupils and staff at both provisions is paramount.

The Consultation

The purpose of this consultation is to seek the view of all stakeholders on the principle of increasing the school capacity of Henry Tyndale School to meet the demand for additional special school places in the Farnborough and Aldershot area.

The consultation and decision-making process is outlined below:

  • This initial consultation will run from the 23 November to 21 December 2021.
  • A report outlining the consultation responses received will then be taken to the Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services in February 2022 to decide if the proposal should continue to the formal statutory consultation stage.
  • If approved, a statutory Public Notice would be published in February/March 2022 setting out Hampshire County Council’s intent to increase the capacity of the school. This is a four week period in which any representations can be made to the local authority.
  • A final report would then be taken to Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services Decision Day in April 2022 who will decide whether or not to proceed with the proposal.

Further information

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and ensuring public safety, unfortunately we are unable to hold a public drop-in event at the school.  However please send in your views and queries by email to [email protected]

If you would like to speak to an Officer then please make that request by email, briefly outlining your query so we can arrange a mutually convenient time for you to speak to an appropriate officer, either via conference call or telephone.

If you are unable to email and wish to make a comment then please write to Claire Campling, Assistant SEN Service Manager, Children’s Services Department, EII Court North, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UG by 21 December 2021.

Hampshire County Council is seeking your views, comments and information about you in order to inform the Consultation on the use of the Former Park Children’s Centre, Aldershot. The information you provide is being collected for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest in the exercise of official authority vested in the County Council, and for reasons of substantial public interest. We will use the information to understand what people think about, and the perceived impact of, the potential options and to model the views of different groups within Hampshire. All data will remain within the UK/EEA or (European Economic Area), and will only be shared with third parties where they are undertaking data processing on behalf of Hampshire County Council or we have a lawful basis requiring us to. We will keep your personal information securely for two years, after which it will be deleted or destroyed. You have some legal rights in respect of the personal information we collect from you. Please see our Data Protection page for further details. You can contact the County Council’s Data Protection Officer at [email protected]. If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, please raise your concern with us in the first instance but you can go directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office.