Decision details

Provision for Special Education Needs and Disabilities, including Potential Options for Addington School Expansion

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To set out current arrangements for the education of children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and to outline options for addressing current and future pressures and to secure approval for a scheme to create 50 additional Special School places.




1)         a scheme for the expansion of Addington School, with an estimated Capital cost of £4,400,000, as set out as Option 1B in the report, be approved subject to any clarification of the points made at the meeting and correction as necessary,  planning permission and other statutory consents being granted, and


2)         the development of further proposals, including a new special free school for children with autism and social emotional and mental health difficulties, improved accommodation for Foundry College and measures to support the retention of children in mainstream schools, including support for schools and sustainable arrangements for special education needs resource bases be approved. It was noted that these schemes will be the subject of a further report or reports in 2019.


3)         the Director of Customer Services and Localities is requested through the Local Plan Update to consider amending the boundary of the SULV to exclude the land in the curtilage of Addington School.

Wards Affected: None Specific;

Declarations: None

Dispensations: None

Reference Number: WBC1039a

Other reasons / organisations consulted

The Addington scheme arose out of consultation on a review of special education needs resource bases and a draft 0 to 25 SEND strategy earlier in 2018. Further consultation will follow in 2019 in line with the development of further proposals for SEND services.


A report with two appendices.

Contact: Piers Brunning Email: Tel: 0118 974 6084.

Report author: Piers Brunning

Publication date: 31/01/2019

Date of decision: 31/01/2019

Decided at meeting: 31/01/2019 - Executive

Effective from: 09/02/2019

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