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Decision 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, proposed to add a SEN Support Centre to the school for children with autistic spectrum condition (ASC) with effect from September 2014. In order for this to take place the Council consulted with all interested parties between 9 September and 21 October 2013, and subsequently published a formal proposal (Public Notice) between 2 December 2013 and 6 January 2014. There were no objections to the formal proposal and Plymouth City Council has now resolved to implement the proposal.

The plans 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.

Background

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 five 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.

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