It is proposed to alter the age range to 4-16, to accommodate up to 50 additional primary age children, with a phased increase over 4 years.
Hampshire County Council is committed to expanding successful provision where possible and it is proposed to alter the age range so that primary aged children with moderate learning difficulties/Autistic Spectrum Disorder can be educated at the school. Currently there is no provision for primary aged pupils with moderate learning difficulties/Autistic Spectrum Disorder in this area of the county and this proposed expansion will provide much needed specialist educational provision.
Where a Local Authority proposes to permanently enlarge a school’s capacity by 25% or more it must follow a procedure set out by the Department for Education.
The primary purpose of this consultation is to seek the view of consultees on the principle of enlarging the school to meet the demand for additional school places in the local area. We understand that you may have some questions regarding how the school buildings will be expanded to accommodate additional pupils and whether there will be an impact on travel to and from the school as a result of accommodating additional pupils. Both of these aspects are important but at this stage these details will not be available as we need to obtain approval to the expansion before detailed work commences. It is important to hear your views at this stage so we can consider them as part of the detailed work to be undertaken should approval to the enlargement be obtained.
This consultation will run from 21 June to 2 August 2017. 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 enlarge the school. It is anticipated that this will be published in September 2017.
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 by the end of December. If the County Council decides to proceed with the expansion there will be further opportunity to comment on the proposals before the planning submission is made.
A drop-in session where you will be able to discuss the proposal with County Council officers will take place on 10 July 2017 at Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College, Farnborough between 3pm and 6pm.
The current proposed building plans are being developed with the Headteacher and governing body. The plans will be posted on the school website once they have been developed and agreed with the school.
If you are unable to attend this session or visit the above website and wish to make a comment then please write to Gemma Bowry, Strategic Development Officer, Children’s Services Department, EII Court North, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UG or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by 2 August 2017.