Proposal to increase the capacity of Wolverdene Special School, Andover – Consultation

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

Wolverdene Special School is currently a 55 place special school for 6-11 year old pupils with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties.

Wolverdene Special School is successfully meeting the needs of children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) 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 55 to 67 places by providing provision at the Kirk site at Endeavour Primary School. The Kirk site is gradually increasing the number of children on roll whilst the surrounding houses are being built. However, there is a section of the school which will remain unused for two years. We have therefore been exploring positive ways to use these classrooms which would also create additional revenue for the 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 social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) 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. We understand that you may have some questions regarding how the school building will accommodate these pupils. 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 10 May to 7 June 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 June 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 July 2019.

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 23 May 2019 between 4pm and 5:30pm on the Kirk site at Endeavour Primary School.

If you are unable to attend this session or visit the above website 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 7 June 2019.