Proposed opening of Resource Provision at the Wildground Federation

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Hampshire County Council is proposing to increase the capacity of Wildground Infant and Wildground Junior School in order to offer 8 places across Key stage 1 and 2, with a phased entry. This expansion will allow Wildground Infant School to cater for a total of 184 pupils, (the school currently caters for 180 pupils) and Wildground Junior School to 244, (the school currently caters for 244 pupils).

Description

Hampshire County Council has a statutory duty to provide school places for all children including those with special educational needs. There has been an increase in the number of children with a Statement/Education, Health and Care Plan for Social Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties in the New Forest and surrounding areas of Hampshire, and proportion of these have needs deemed to be severe and complex enough to require specialist provision. The Local Authority has four successful Primary SEMH resource provisions across the county. These provisions offer support for children who have difficulty accessing mainstream education on a full time basis and require additional support to do so. However with this additional support children with social and emotional needs can successfully overcome their difficulties and learn alongside their peers. The Local Authority is proposing to open an additional resource provision at Wildground Schools to meet increased need.

Where a Local Authority proposes to establish a new special educational needs provision at a mainstream school, they must follow a statutory process set out by The Department for Education.

The Consultation

The primary purpose of this consultation is to seek the view of stakeholders on any educational impacts they think this proposed provision might bring. Whilst we are happy to hear about other concerns you may have linked to this proposal, at this point in the process we may not be able to answer your questions fully. This consultation will run from 25 January to 11 March 2016. Officers will then take into consideration all the consultation responses 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 subject to the above this will be published during June 2016.

After the date of publication there will be a four week period in which any representations can be made. 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 19 July 2016.

Further Information

If you wish to make a comment then please write to Mrs Christine Jones, Education Officer SEN Western Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Children’s Services Department, Elizabeth II Court North, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UG or e-mail christine.jones2@hants.gov.uk by 11 March 2016.