Proposal to increase the capacity of Osborne School, Winchester – Consultation

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Hampshire County Council would like to hear your views on the proposal to increase the capacity for Osborne School

Osborne School is currently a 197 place special school for 11-19 year old pupils with learning difficulties.

Osborne School is successfully meeting the needs of children with SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty, VI - Visual Impairment, OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability, HI - Hearing Impairment, SLCN - Speech, language and Communication, ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder, SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health, MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment, PD - Physical Disability, MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty, SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty and PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning difficulties in a safe and secure environment. To accommodate the increased number of places, the proposal is to increase the capacity of the school from 197 to 217 places by providing provision at Kings’ School.

Reason for proposal

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 learning difficulties in this area of the county. This proposal will provide much needed specialist educational capacity to meet this increased need.

Where a Local Authority proposes to permanently enlarge a special school’s capacity by 10% or more it must follow a procedure set out by the Department for Education.

The Consultation

The primary purpose of this consultation is to seek the view of consultees on the principle of increasing the school capacity to meet the demand for additional special school places in the local area. It is important to hear your views at this stage so we can consider them should approval to increase the capacity of the school be obtained.

This consultation will run from 27 September to 25 October 2019. 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 November 2019.

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 December 2019.

Frequently asked questions

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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 14 October 2019 between 3pm and 6pm at Kings’ School, The Tower.

If you are unable to attend this session or visit the above website and wish to make a comment then please write to Troy Hobbs, SEN Service Manager, Children’s Services Department, EII Court North, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UG or e-mail strategicplanningunit@hants.gov.uk by the 25 October 2019.