Proposal for developing a resourced provision at Holbrook Primary School for pupils with autism and social communication needs - Consultation

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Holbrook Primary School currently has a resourced provision for pupils with speech, language and communication needs. The pupils who attend this provision, are on roll at the mainstream school but the school receive additional resources to provide specific input to ensure that the children’s speech and language skills are well supported so that they can access the mainstream environment and curriculum. The school have developed an impressive specialism and the children attending have positive outcomes.

Reason for proposal

The school have recently contacted the SEN Service to explore the possibility of expanding the resourced provision to meet the needs of children who are on the autistic spectrum and so we are looking into the feasibility of this.

Consultation

The purpose of this consultation is to ask for your views and consult on the development of a resourced provision for pupils with autism and social communication needs at Holbrook Primary School from September 2020. It is important to hear your views at this stage so we can consider them as part of the work to be undertaken should approval be obtained.

This consultation will run from the 20 January to the 14 February 2020. Officers will then take into consideration all the consultation responses received before deciding whether the proposal should continue to the formal publication stage. If so, a statutory Public Notice will be published setting out Hampshire County Council’s intent to increase the capacity of the school. It is anticipated that this will be published in March 2020.

After the date of publication there will be a four week period in which any representations can be made to the local authority. After the conclusion of this period the County Council will decide whether or not to proceed with the proposal. It is anticipated that a decision will be made in May 2020.

Frequently asked questions

Further information

A drop-in session where you will be able to discuss the proposal with Hampshire County Council officers will take place on the 31 January between 3pm and 5pm at Holbrook Primary School.

Your views

If you are unable to attend this session and wish to make a comment then please write to Claire Campling, SEN Service Manager, Children’s Services Department, EII Court North, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UG or e-mail strategicplanningunit@hants.gov.uk by the 14 February 2020.