On the 23 March 2021, the city council’s Cabinet (as decision maker in a matter of school organisation) approved the publication of the statutory notice for the permanent expansion of Springwood Primary School.
The publication of the notice initiates a four-week statutory consultation process. The four-week consultation period will expire on 17 May 2021. During that time you can send your comments/views via email to: email@example.com
Springwood Primary School, Barton Road, Swinton, M27 5LL. This is a maintained primary special school.
The contact address of the Local Authority is Paula Newall, Service Lead, School Organisation Team, Salford City Council, 2nd Floor, Unity House, Chorley Road, Swinton M27 5AW.
Salford City Council is proposing to increase number of pupils on roll at Springwood primary school (increase the capacity of the school by 60 pupils) by enlarging onto a second site at Craig Hall, Preston Avenue, Irlam, M44 5XB from 1 September 2021.
More than 7,000 children and young people in Salford receive Special Educational Needs and Disabilities support (SEND). Salford has the highest incidence of SEND in Greater Manchester and the 6th highest in England.
There has been a significant rise in the number of Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) issued in Salford over recent years with 3.9% of 0-25 year olds having a plan compared to 2.8% nationally. 64% of EHCPs were delivered in mainstream schools in 2018 (40% in England). 36% of EHCPs are delivered in Salford specialist provision whilst 7% are still delivered in independent special school (3.9% nationally).
Salford has experienced increased demand for SEND provision in recent years. With demand for SEND provision continuing to grow, additional specialist places will be required.
Springwood Primary School serves the whole of the city and provides specialist education for children with complex needs including profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD), communication and interaction needs (C&I), autism (ASD) hearing impairment (HI), Other Difficulty/Disability (OTH), Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) and Visual Impairment (VI) for children aged from 2 to 11 years.
Due to the increased demand for the type of specialist education Springwood primary school provides, it has been necessary for the Local Authority to create additional capacity (September 2017, 2019 and 2020 academic years). Due restrictions on the Springwood primary school site, this has been achieved with the use of a second site, Craig Hall.
The vision in Salford’s SEND Strategy 2019/21 is that every child and young person aged 0-25 will achieve their full potential and are:
In recent years, Salford has seen an increase in children with Education and Health Care Plans, which has resulted in increased demand for places at Springwood Primary School.
The objective of this proposal is for the local authority to increase the specialist provision at Springwood Primary School with the use of a second site and provide capacity to meet the needs of the growing SEND pupil population. Allowing pupils to access provision locally.
The proposal will build on the good standards for teaching and learning already in place at Springwood Primary School and provide additional local places for local children with special educational needs without having any negative impact on other schools, academies and educational institutions in the area.
The project capital costs will be met from the local authorities SEND and Basic Need capital funding streams.
All specialist places at Springwood Primary School will continue to be funded from the High Needs Block part of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG).The revenue funding required for the additional places is included in the DSG allocation and the additional commissioned places have been agreed by Schools Forum.
The proposal to increase capacity at Springwood Primary School with the use of the Craig Hall site will ensure the continued delivery of high quality and cost effective provision for the children and young people of Salford and provide local specialist provision.
The proposed implementation date is 1 September 2021. The admission of pupils across, both sites, will be managed by the special educational needs statutory assessment process. The proposal would ensure a successful outcome for the school and children and young people. This would be phased in agreement with the school and local authority.
Within four weeks from the date of publication of this proposal (by 17 May 2021) any person may object to, or make comments on the proposal by sending their representations to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any comments received during this period will be compiled and included as part of the report to be presented to the city council’s Cabinet on 8 June 2021, for decision on the proposal.