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June 2019

To: Stakeholders of Skilts School

School Organisation Proposals: Skilts School

Dear Parents, Carers, Staff and Other Stakeholders

I am writing to inform you of the proposals that Birmingham City Council is planning to publish
following a request from the Interim Executive Board of Skilts School.

Skilts School provides education to pupils from Birmingham with Social Emotional and Mental
Health (SEMH) needs in their Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP). Skilts is currently
located outside the city in Worcestershire. A proposal to remove the boarding provision at the
school was approved in June. The school will offer day places only, with effect from September
2019.

The new proposals are as follows:

 To relocate Skilts School to a new purpose built school at a new site.
 The new site being proposed is: Hallmoor Road, Birmingham B33 9QY
 To increase the number of pupils that can be accommodated and admitted to the new
school site.

This proposal is being developed due to the condition of the school buildings at the current
site which is outside the city boundary at Gorcott Hill, Redditch, Worcestershire. Buildings at
the current site are beyond economical repair and the only option is to replace the buildings in
its entirety. Repairs are continuing to be carried out to keep the current site and buildings
operational. If new accommodation is not provided, the school buildings will eventually have to
close as they will be beyond repair and no longer be a safe environment for learning.

As the school provides education for pupils from across the whole of Birmingham, relocating the
school within the city boundary may have a positive impact on time and costs for transport and
travel. There is a need for more SEMH places in the city and the proposed new site provides
the opportunity to increase the number of pupils that the new buildings could accommodate.

The proposal will be to build new accommodation which will be within the city boundary on land
already owned by Birmingham City Council – education department. The new build can take
place without any interruptions to the pupils’ education and the transition to the new site will be
handled with a level of sensitivity to all the stakeholders but in particular to the needs of the
pupils.

We will write to you again in the autumn term to give you details of the formal consultation on
these proposals (also known as the representation period). The formal consultation will run for
four weeks in the autumn term. At the start of the formal consultation we will be providing a full
proposal document with details of the planned changes and with all the information on how you
can participate in the formal consultation and make your views known.

If you have any immediate comments or concerns, please contact the School Organisation
Team at Birmingham City Council using the details below. Please submit any immediate
comments no later than 19th July 2019.

Yours sincerely

Jaswinder Didially
Head of Service – Education Infrastructure

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