Proposal for developing a resourced provision at Pinewood Infant School, Farnborough for pupils with autism

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Hampshire County Council would like to hear your views on the proposal to create a new small resourced provision for pupils with autism at Pinewood Infant School

The County Council is proposing to refurbish an underutilised area of the school and outdoor space to create a designated area for this new resourced provision. These works will allow the school to add a resourced provision which will add an additional up to 8 places over 2 years staring from September 2022. The proposed cost of the works is in the region of £200,000.

Reason for proposal

Children with an autism diagnosis can have difficulties with social interaction, communication and can also have speech and language needs and the school already support a number of children with such needs. It has been identified that there are an increasing number of children in the county who are being diagnosed with this condition and we are working towards expanding our offer of support to these children.

The pupils who would attend this new provision would generally be from the local area. They would be on roll at Pinewood Infant School and the school would receive additional resources to ensure that the children’s needs are well supported so that they can successfully access the mainstream environment and curriculum.

The Consultation

The purpose of this consultation is to ask for your views and consult on the development of a new resourced provision for pupils with autism at Pinewood Infant School from September 2022. 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 Wednesday 2 February to Wednesday 2 March 2022. 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 April 2022.

Frequently asked questions

Further Information

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 strategicplanningunit@hants.gov.uk.

If you would like to speak to an officer, please make a 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, please write to Claire Campling, Assistant SEN Service Manager, Children’s Services Department, EII Court North, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UG by

If you are unable to email and wish to make a comment, please write to Claire Campling, Assistant SEN Service Manager, Children’s Services Department, EII Court North, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UG by Wednesday 2 March 2022.