School Organisation Team
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
Proposal to add a Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support Centre to Keyham Barton Catholic Primary School
Plymouth City Council, together with the governing body of Keyham Barton Catholic Primary School and the Roman Catholic Diocese, propose to add a SEN Support Centre to the school for children with autistic spectrum condition (ASC) with effect from September 2014. In order for these changes to take place formal consultations were undertaken between 9 September and 21 October 2013 to find out the views of all interested parties on the proposal.
The plans would involve considerable changes to the school and nearby presbytery building to provide a centrally located support base for ASC students with break out spaces and specialist teaching input within a mainstream setting.
Since developing the Inclusion Strategy in 2004, we have worked to the principle that all pupils with special educational needs should have the chance to begin early years and primary education as part of, or co-located with, a mainstream primary school. Better knowledge and understanding of ASC and complex communication needs over the past 10 years has led to a dramatic increase in demand for SEN services in mainstream schools.
Keyham Barton Catholic Primary School already includes a fully inclusive Enhanced Specialist Provision Unit (ESP) which caters for four pupils from across Plymouth. However with the current facilities it is difficult for the school to provide services for children with high needs ASC such as a sensory room, break out spaces and quiet areas. Despite this, Keyham Barton is a very successful unit which works well for the children despite the difficulties the site and the building bring.
Having considered all the responses to the consultation we decided to publish a formal proposal to add a SEN Support Centre to the school. The notice gives six weeks for comments or formal objections. After the Notice expires, all responses will be looked at and in January 2014 a decision made whether to implement the proposal from September 2014.
How to respond
Anyone may comment on or object to the proposal set out in the Notice by writing to the Director for People (ref JEG), Plymouth City Council, Plymouth PL1 2AA by the closing date of 5pm on Monday 6 January 2014.