Views sought on new SEND provision at Hampton High

Release Date: 17 November 2020

Parents and community views are invited to have their say on plans for a new Specialist Resource Provision at Hampton High for young people with Social Communication Needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Mild to Moderate Learning Difficulties.

Parents and community views are invited to have their say on plans for a new Specialist Resource Provision at Hampton High for young people with Social Communication Needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Mild to Moderate Learning Difficulties.

Subject to consultation, the new provision would enable existing school facilities to be adapted, enabling up to 20 additional pupils to begin in September 2021.

The proposal would be funded from a Department for Education grant - the Special Provision Capital Fund for 2018–2021 - which Richmond Council must use to provide additional places and resources for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans.

In addition, the Council will provide revenue funding, to pay for the costs of additional staffing and other resources.

Have your say by Tuesday 1 December

Cllr Penny Frost, Chair of the Education and Children’s Services Committee at Richmond Council, said:

"Richmond has a growing population and we know that there is a growing need for more specialist places in our schools.

"It is absolutely vital that our schools are equipped to meet pupils’ individual needs.

"These additional places at Hampton High would go some way further towards helping meet the increased demand for specialist places in the borough and reduce the need for children to be educated in independent educational settings outside the borough.

“We are so grateful to Hampton High for agreeing to expand their intake for this important new facility. Over the past few years, the school has come on by leaps and bounds! They have been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, and as a result are oversubscribed. This new provision will be another string to their bow!"

Rebecca Poole, Headteacher of Hampton High, added:

"We were thrilled to be approached by AfC (Achieving for Children) about setting up a Specialist Resource Provision for students with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and mild to moderate learning difficulties.

"AfC approached us in Summer 2019, following our Good Ofsted judgement, and we had planned to progress with this from September 2020. We view this as an excellent opportunity to really live out our values as an inclusive school. We also recognise from our previous collective leadership experience in different schools, that such a provision can have a really positive impact on the entire school community and the outcomes for all students, as teaching and learning is immeasurably enhanced.

"COVID-19 prevented us moving forward with this for September 2020. However, we are firmly committed to setting this provision up for September 2021 and are now consulting widely about this.”

The number of local children diagnosed with having special educational needs and disabilities has been rising in recent years, partly due to earlier diagnoses of young people with conditions like Autism.

A review of the current provision was undertaken in Autumn 2018 and one of its main findings was that more local places for children with SEND should be established in the borough so that families have more choice close to home and more children and young people can be educated within their home community.

This will supplement the additional SEND places established in the last few years at Windham Nursery, East Sheen Primary, Hampton Hill Junior, Heathfield Infant and Heathfield Junior, Orleans Park secondary school; and Grey Court.

In addition, it would support the new Capella House special school, a free school run by the Auriga Academy Trust, which opened in September 2019, and the Clarendon and Strathmore, both also run by Auriga.

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Reference: P453/20

Updated: 30 November 2020