Outstanding Barnes primary school could have new facilities for additional specialist places

Release Date: 15 September 2020

A consultation outlining the plans for a new building at one of the borough's highest performing primary schools is now live. The building will enable a new specialist resource provision for children with autism and associated complex learning needs.

Following a successful consultation on the proposal to introduce the specialist resource, the Council is carrying out a consultation on proposals to permanently expand Barnes Primary School in Cross Street, Barnes. The new building would enable an additional 14 school places for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and associated Complex Learning Needs.

The proposed scheme is for a new building with two classrooms, a sensory room, soft play-room, therapy room, group study room, toilets, a show room and office space. 

Currently there are over 1,500 children with Health and Care Plans in the borough. A number of these children have specific educational needs which cannot be delivered within the borough’s current SEND offer due to the high demand. Therefore, some children are educated in specialist schools or units in neighbouring boroughs. This new provision would mean that 14 more children could be educated locally, at an outstanding, highly inclusive primary school within their home community.

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

"Meeting rising demand for placements for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), is challenging.

"One of our main priorities is to enable more children and young people with SEND to be educated within their local community (either in mainstream or special schools), rather than travel to schools outside of the borough.

"This new building would ensure that the children have the specialist facilities they need for a top-class education."

To see the proposals, and have your say, visit Barnes Primary School website

Comments can be emailed to Tomori.Alafia@RichmondandWandsworth.gov.uk by Thursday 24 September 2020.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P363/20

Updated: 30 September 2020