Wiltshire Council Statutory Notice: Intention to Discontinue the following maintained Special Schools:Notice ID: MF0508748
Wiltshire Council Statutory Notice: Intention to Discontinue the following maintained Special Schools:
- St Nicholas School (Special), Malmesbury Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 1QF
- Rowdeford School (Special), Rowde, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 2QQ
- Larkrise School (Special), Ashton St, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 7EB
And to open one new maintained community special school across the three existing sites.
Notice is hereby given in accordance with section 15(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (as amended by the Education Act 2011) and Regulation 12(1) of the School Organisation (Establishment and Discontinuance of Schools) Regulations 2013 that Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN intends to discontinue the above three schools with effect from 31 August 2021 at the latest.
Notice is hereby also given in accordance with section 10(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (as amended by the Education Act 2011) and Regulation 10(1) of the School Organisation (Establishment and Discontinuance of Schools) Regulations 2013 that Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN intends to establish a new maintained community special school with effect from 1 September 2021 at the latest.
All costs will be met by Wiltshire Council.
Reason for Closure and opening
The proposed closures and opening are put forward as part of the council's overall strategy to create new special school places in the north of the County for children with special educational needs. The proposed new school will be established as a centre of excellence, building upon the recognised good practice of the existing three schools and providing high quality support not only for the pupils who attend the school but also for the wider population of pupils with special educational needs in Wiltshire.
This notice provides the requisite statutory notice regarding closure of the above three schools and the related proposal of the opening of a new maintained special school.
The full proposal, along with supporting documents and a short consultation reply form may be found on:
Any person or organisation may respond to the proposals by:
- Completing the online survey.
- Paper copies can be requested from Special Schools Project, Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN or by sending an email to
. This email address will only be used to request paper copies of the proposal to be sent out.
- And/or attending one of the arranged meetings.
Questions can be raised at meetings being arranged at each of the above schools for parent/carers of pupils and for all stakeholders at meetings arranged in the north and south of the county. Details of the meetings will be sent by letter via schools to parent/carers, and WPCC and Wiltshire Council will advertise all dates on their websites:
Responses to the proposal must be received by the Council between the 2nd and 30th September 2019.
Signed: Ian Gibbons, Solicitor to the Council 16 August 2019
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