Amalgamation of Fort Hill Community School and Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College, Basingstoke including the Fort Hill Special Educational Needs resourced provision

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Hampshire County Council would like to thank all those who responded to the consultation to make their views known. Owing to the high number of responses, it is clear to us that more time will be needed to ensure that all the responses have been analysed thoroughly, and all views are captured within the report for the Executive Member for Education. For this reason, the Executive Member’s Decision Day Meeting has been rearranged to take place on Monday 20 March 2017.  The report and recommendations to be considered was published on 10 March 2017.

Introduction

At the request of the governing body of Fort Hill Community School and Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College (CBEC), Hampshire County Council is undertaking a consultation on a proposal to amalgamate the two schools and re-provision the Fort Hill Special Educational Needs (SEN) resourced provision.

This would be achieved through the closure of Fort Hill Community School and setting up of the amalgamated school on the CBEC site. The schools are currently federated under the leadership of one governing body.

The County Council would like your views on the proposals.

This consultation will run until 2 March 2017. Officers will then take into account all the consultation responses before making a recommendation to the County Council’s Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar, on whether the amalgamation should be progressed, or not, and which statutory processes would be required.

Will I have the opportunity to discuss the proposal and ask questions?

There will be opportunities for parents, pupils and other interested members of the community to meet with Hampshire County Council officers at a number of drop-in events. People will be able to ask questions and comment on the proposals. Comments made and issues raised will be reported back to the Executive Member for Education and will be fully considered before any decision is made.

Public drop-in sessions are being held at:

  • Wednesday 8 February 2017 at Fort Hill Community School 4.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Thursday 9 February 2017 at Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College 4.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 February 2017 at Westside Community Centre 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Public Meeting Presentation

Fort Hill Public Meeting Minutes

CBEC Public Meeting Minutes

How to take part in the consultation

Please read the further information below and the Frequently Asked Questions document.

Please give us your views at any of the drop-in sessions and/or by using our online consultation response form.

The Consultation

The consultation runs from 19 January until 2 March 2017.

Officers will collate the responses and take a report on the outcomes of the consultation to the Executive Member for Education. If it is concluded that the amalgamation of Fort Hill Community School and Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College should proceed, a statutory notice setting out this intention will be published. A notice will also be published relating to the closure and re-provision of the Special Educational Needs provision.

Should notices be published there will be a four week period during which representations can be made. Any representations will then be taken into consideration before the County Council finally decides whether or not to proceed with the amalgamation of Fort Hill and Cranbourne schools. If it is agreed, the anticipated implementation date would be 1 September 2017.