That the proposal to commission a new secondary resource base in Wokingham, including revenue and capital costs, be approved.
The Executive considered a report relating to a proposal to deliver an appropriate resource based provision for secondary aged children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and social emotional and mental health needs in Wokingham.
The Executive Member for Children’s Services went through the report and advised the meeting that having such a resource base would enable children to stay in mainstream school with the ability to use the resource base when required.
Councillor Clark clarified that the proposed resource was a replacement for the previous resource base that existed at St Crispin’s Secondary School but due to the cost of places being unsustainably high the service level agreement had been terminated in April 2019. It was confirmed that children who were currently present at St Crispin’s would continue to stay there until their compulsory education was completed.
It was noted that the intention was that the new resource base would admit five children in year 7 every year from September 2021 until there were 25 children in years 7-11 by 2025.
RESOLVED: That the proposal to commission a new secondary resource base in Wokingham, including revenue and capital costs, be approved.