Primary SEMH Consultation

 

Chiltern Way Academy Consultation Document
 
Change in the Age Range 4 - 19 Please respond by 2nd April 2019.
 
Introduction:
 
Chiltern Way Academy successfully educate and care for students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH) and challenging Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC). The current age range spans from 9-19. It is Buckinghamshire County Council’s plan that Chiltern Way Academy extend the age range to enable it to look after all SEMH primary students on the Bierton Hill site in Aylesbury. This will not be a new school, it will form a satellite provision to our secondary academy. By extending the capacity to accommodate SEMH at CWA this will alleviate pressure at neighbouring schools, including Booker Park.
 
Our strategic plan is based on the premise that early intervention reflects the widespread recognition that prevention is better than cure. Early intervention is a key driver behind improved and sustainable student outcomes. It is therefore logical to place these students in our care as early as possible to avoid sending them out of county or stretching the feeder schools and making them unsafe.
 
The Chiltern Way primary phase SEMH site plans to open on 2nd September 2019 with a full complement of students (42).
 
The governing body is holding a six school week consultation to get as many views as possible from the local community on the proposed organisational change.
 
Please take the time to respond: we are keen to hear your views.
 
If you have any comments on the proposal please submit the response form below.
 
What is the timeline for this consultation?
 
The consultation runs from 12th February 2019 to 2nd April 2019. The response form should be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 2nd April 2019.
 
Context:
 
Since academisation the governing body has developed a clear strategic direction for the future under our banner “Turning Futures Around”. 
 
A key strand to our vision is early intervention. This organisational change works towards achieving our objective.
 
We will be able to build on our success and expertise in educating and caring for primary aged students.
 
What will educating all primary students achieve?
 
Early intervention will bring many benefits including:
 
  • Student transition from the primary to secondary model will be smoother. A particular issue for SEMH students.

 

  • They will adapt to the culture at an earlier age. This early adoption will increase the chances of the students maximising their potential.

 

  • Primary students will have access to the secondary school facilities.

 

  • Increased opportunities for professional development of staff.

 

  • Greater flexibility in, and more effective deployment of, resources.

 

  • Addressing a LA need and preventing students from being placed out of authority and educated nearer to home.

 

  • Greater resilience to fluctuations in student numbers.

 

How will we mitigate against potential problems?

The following issues may arise:
 
  • Lack of experience educating Reception to Year 4 students. We have access to good quality primary phase teachers who can deliver on this proposal. Additionally, we successfully educate and care for Year 5 and Year 6 primary pupils.
 
  • Dropping off at a location in the centre of town. Students get dropped off by taxi. We are working on creating a turning circle on the Bierton Hill site.
 
  • You only have a two year lease for Bierton Hill. What will happen to the students after two years? The LA is offering a two year lease on the site, not the students. At the end of the two year lease the LA will either extend the lease or provide suitable alternative premises. BCC are committed to supporting the provision. As with all schools this is subject to ongoing demand and available funding.
 
  • Staff have seen a number of changes in the last 5 years. We will endeavour to ensure this is seamless and have minimum impact on staff and students.
 
  • What happens to the Booker Park primary SEMH staff? TUPE rules apply.
 
 
The advantages of this proposal far outweigh any perceived disadvantages.
 
What will the proposal mean for staff?
 
The proposed re-designation will not affect many staff at CWA. Some
may prefer to work at the Bierton Hill site, while others will be moved to secure the best outcomes for the students. All CWA staff have agreed to work at any campus depending on the organisation’s needs at any given time.
 
We do not foresee any redundancies as a result of this proposal.
 
We have in-house expertise, but would look to recruit more staff to support this initiative. There are development opportunities for staff in a growing organisation.
 
How will the proposal affect the students at Chiltern Way?
 
One of the aims of the proposal is to further improve the opportunities available to primary children and to ensure the very highest education and support is made available. There should be no impact on the remaining students.
 
Fewer children will need to be educated outside Buckinghamshire County Council, further away from their parents/carers and community.
 
We may require our current Year 5 students to attend the Bierton Hill site, in order to increase capacity at the Wendover Campus to educate more secondary age students. We will make every effort to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of care for our Year 5s.
 
How many students will there be on each campus after the proposal?
 
There are currently 95 students on roll at the Wendover Campus and 60 students at the Prestwood Campus.
 
The schools are at capacity.
 
The Chiltern Way primary phase will open with 42 students (maximum capacity).
 
Are the school governors, Buckinghamshire County Council, the Headteacher and Booker Park in agreement with the proposal?
 
Yes. All four parties are fully supportive of the proposed organisational change which is line with the Academy’s aims for early intervention.
 
Who are we consulting with?
 
We are following guidance from the DfE. Copies of the consultation document and
response form have been sent to parents and carers, staff and students at both sites, governors, special and mainstream schools,
Members, MPs, interested parties, local community, neighbours, Buckinghamshire LA and surrounding LAs for out of county students.
 
What happens next?
 
After the consultation finishes on 2nd April 2019 the governing body will review the
responses to the consultation and if there is agreement that the proposal is supported then the next stage is that we will submit a full business application to the DfE via their ESFA.

 

Who will make the decision whether the proposal goes ahead?
 
The decision maker in this process is the Regional Schools Commissioner. Headteacher boards (HTBs) are responsible for advising and challenging RSCs on academy-related decisions.
 
Finally
 
Thank you for taking the time to read the consultation document;
please complete and submit the response form below.
 
We will keep you informed of the outcome and progress towards opening the new
site.
 
 
Response Form:
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Comments:
Please specify your interest (please tick the box that best fits your interest)
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