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Final days of the consultation on special schools in Wiltshire: closes 30/09/2019

September 26, 2019 4:16 PM

The Secretary of State consented to publish proposals to establish a new maintained special school in Wiltshire. In July 2019, the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council (WPCC) promoted the timeline that Wiltshire Council produced to try to describe the process over the next few years and broadcast a webinar to try to help parent carers understand the plans and the timeline.

The next stage to shape the future of special school provision began on Monday 2nd September 2019 with a statutory consultation which ends on Monday 30th September 2019 (link below)


The WPCC encourage everyone to participate in the online consultation. Once the The statutory consultation period ends the consultation results will go to Wiltshire Council Cabinet to consider and decide upon, before being presented to the schools' adjudicator for a final decision.

Proposals in summary…

  • Wiltshire Council proposes to invest £32m in special education needs and disabilities by building up to 400 additional and remodelled places on the Rowdeford site by 2023, to increase capacity for SEND students with complex needs.
  • Wiltshire Council proposes to bring Larkrise, St Nicholas and Rowdeford special schools together under a single integrated leadership team by 2021.
  • The current Larkrise, St. Nicholas and Rowdeford sites will remain open for the time being, but will operate as a single school across the three sites under a single integrated leadership team.
  • Further consideration will be given to the number of sites required in light of the demand for places in the future.