Signposting - Schools & learning - Vision for Special Schools in Wiltshire - Next stage consultation on special schools in N. Wilts

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Subsection: Signposting - Schools & learning - Vision for Special Schools in Wiltshire

Next stage consultation on special schools in N. Wilts

The Secretary of State consented to publish proposals to establish a new maintained special school in Wiltshire. In July 2019, the WPCC promoted the timeline that Wiltshire Council produced to try to describe the process over the next few years and we broadcast a webinar to try to help parent carers understand the plans and the timeline. A recording of the webinar is still available: [TIMELINE].


The next stage to shape the future of special school provision in the north began on Monday 2nd September 2019 with a statutory consultation. A series of meetings for invited staff, governors and parent carers will be held this month at Rowdeford, St Nicholas School and Larkrise School. To enable other parent carers to have their say, the WPCC is facilitating an online session on Wednesday 25th September 2019 at 6:00pm. Please click [REGISTER] to sign up to join the online session.

The WPCC is also trying to organise a further daytime session. We would also encourage everyone to participate in the [online consultation]. The statutory consultation will run for four weeks until 30th September 2019. Once complete, it will go to Wiltshire Council Cabinet to consider and decide upon, before being presented to the schools' adjudicator for a final decision.

In summary…

  • Wiltshire Council proposes to invest £32m in special education needs and disabilities by building up to 400 additional and remodelled places on the Rowdeford site by 2023, to increase capacity for SEND students with complex needs.
  • Wiltshire Council proposes to bring Larkrise, St Nicholas and Rowdeford special schools together under a single integrated leadership team by 2021.
  • The current Larkrise, St. Nicholas and Rowdeford sites will remain open for the time being, but will operate as a single school across the three sites under a single integrated leadership team.
  • Further consideration will be given to the number of sites required in light of the demand for places in the future.


Further information is available on the [Wiltshire Council Website].

Updates and previous information is also available on [WPCC’s website].