Three improvements are being proposed that would strengthen the support that children and young people receive and provide more flexible provision that is better spread across the district.
If agreed by Executive, the proposals would see:
- New designated specialist provision at Haworth Primary School providing up to 12 places for primary aged boys and girls with communication and interaction needs including autistic spectrum conditions.
- An increase in the number of pupils at High Park Special School from 80 to 95.
- Designated specialist provision at High Park Special School with up to 16 places for boys and girls under statutory school age with communication and interaction needs including autistic spectrum conditions.
The proposed improvements follow a detailed assessment of what the future specialist provision needs in the district will be and the best options available to deliver these. They also follow consultation on the proposals.
Central to the proposals is the way in which early years, primary and secondary education link together, this will help pupils when making the transition from early years to primary and then to secondary school.
The provision of additional places at High Park School will ensure that current and short term demands for children with special educational needs can be met.
Michael Jameson, Strategic Director of Children's Services, said: "The district has an integrated plan for its specialist provision with strong links between primary and secondary schools. The plans we are proposing will mean that we can better meet future
demand for our children and young people in the district who need special education provision, including very young children.”
Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Executive Member for Education, Skills and Culture, said: "The new special school provision will provide parents and children with better access to the services they need now and in the future. It means we can strengthen the quality
specialist education we provide across the district for children in early years, primary and secondary education.”