Views sought on new school places for children with special educational needs

14 February 2022

Parents and members of the community are invited to have their say on plans for a new Specialist Resource Provision at The Vineyard Primary School in Richmond for up to 14 children with special educational needs.

Subject to consultation, the new resource would be for children with Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs) who have social communication needs including both Autism and mild to moderate learning difficulties as their main presenting special educational needs. Pupils would be able to join The Vineyard Primary School from September 2023, and the number of pupils would grow up to a maximum of 14 over three or four years. 

The new Special Resource Provision would mean more children and young people can be educated within their home community. It also means they would be able to access mainstream lessons where appropriate with their teaching and learning fully supported through specialist teachers so that they can make the best possible progress with their education.

The consultation on the proposal will run from Friday 11 February until Friday 11 March 2022. Check out the full proposal and have your say

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

“The number of local children diagnosed with having special educational needs and disabilities is rising and our schools must be equipped to support pupils’ individual needs.

"This proposal would allow fourteen children with these needs to be educated close to home and at a fantastic, popular school with high performing results.”

Frances Bracegirdle, Headteacher at The Vineyard School, said: 

“We are delighted that this new provision will be added to our school and know that our whole community will benefit and learn from this expansion of our already inclusive school. We welcome the opportunity for more families to be able to access specialist provision, within a local mainstream school and are already looking forward to and planning for this exciting new stage in The Vineyard’s journey.”

This will supplement the additional specialist resource provision places established in the last few years at Windham Nursery, East Sheen Primary, Hampton Hill Junior, Heathfield Infant and Heathfield Junior, Hampton High, Orleans Park, and Richmond Park Academy.

In addition, the number of specialist places in the borough has increased in recent years through the opening of the new Capella House special school, a free school run by the Auriga Academy Trust, in September 2019, and expansions of the existing special schools, Clarendon and Strathmore, both also run by Auriga. 

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Updated: 1 March 2022

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