Statutory notice for the permanent expansion of Springwood Primary School

Decision outcome - Permanent expansion of Springwood Primary School

On 8 June 2021, the council’s Cabinet (as decision maker in a matter of school organisation) approved the permanent expansion of Springwood Primary School with the use of the Craig Hall site. This will see the overall capacity of Springwood Primary School intake increase to 300 pupils (Nursery to Year 6) as of 1 September 2021.

A signed copy of the council’s Cabinet Decision notice is available to view online. This decision will come in force at 4pm on Tuesday 15 June 2021, unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.

On 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.

Consultation period

The publication of the notice initiates a four-week statutory consultation process. The four-week consultation period expired on 17 May 2021. During that time, you could send your comments/views via email to: schoolproposalconsulation@salford.gov.uk

Statutory proposal for a prescribed alteration

School and local authority contact details

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.

Description of alteration

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.

Evidence of demand

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.

Objective

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:

  • As healthy and safe as possible
  • Achieve the best education outcomes they can
  • Well equipped for adult life as they can be
  • Having a sense of belonging and value
  • Given opportunities to achieve their highest aspirations

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 effect on other educational institutions within the area

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.

Project costs and indication of how these will be met, including how long-term value for money will be achieved

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.

Implementation and any proposed stages for implementation

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.

Publication of the statutory notice and how to make comments and views

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: schoolproposalconsultation@salford.gov.uk

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.

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