Consultation by the Interim Executive Board of Skilts Special School 

 
 

Proposal to Alter the age range from 5 – 11 to 5-14 years 

 Introduction

The interim Executive Board (IEB) is consulting on a proposal to make changes to Skilts Special School.

  • Skilts School is one of 27 Birmingham special schools and can offer up to 90 places for pupils with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) for Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs, (SEMH). Skilts School is a Birmingham School that is located outside of the City of Birmingham boundary, in Worcestershire.

  • Skilts Special School is relocating from its current location at Gorcott Hill in Redditch to a new site at Hallmoor Road, Birmingham B33 9QY from 1st September 2021 subject to the new building being handed over to the school. The new site is 20km/12.5miles from the current site – measured by “straight line distance”. The number of places that the new School will be able to accommodate will increase to 120 when it relocates to Hallmoor Road. The proposal to change the age range is not dependant on, nor will it have an impact on, the already approved relocation and pupil numbers increase.

  • The Interim Executive Board of Skilts School consulted upon and approved a proposal in June 2020 to make a temporary amendment for one year to change the age range of Skilts School from 5 – 11 years to 5 – 12 years with effect from 1st September 2020. This enabled Year 6 pupils who wished to remain at the school to stay on in a Year 7 class for a further year until the end of the academic year (July 2021).

 School Information

Type:

Special School (Local Authority Maintained)

Name:

Skilts Special School

DFE:

3307037

Address:

Gorcott Hill, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 9ET

Ward:

Sambourne

District:

Stratford-Upon-Avon

Age Range:

5 – 11 years

Capacity:

90

Last Ofsted:

5th December 2017

Ofsted Rating

Overall Effectiveness: 4 (inadequate – special measures)

 What changes are proposed?

The Interim Executive Board are proposing to carry out the following temporary changes to Skilts School:

  • Alter the Age range from 5 -11 years to 5 – 14 years.

This will allow:

  • Current Year 6 pupils to remain at the school for an additional year in Year 7. Current Year 7 pupils to remain for an additional year in Year 8.
  • Places to be offered to pupils with an EHCP for SEMH needs who would like to attend Skilts School in Year 9.

Birmingham City Council supports the IEB’s proposal.

Why do we want to do this?

This proposal has been developed for the following reasons;

  • To provide continuity for pupils at the school, enabling pupils in Year 6 and current Year 7 to remain at the school for an additional year. Year 6 pupils to remain in school in Year 7, year 7 pupils to remain in school in year 8.
  • Allows Year 6 and Year 7 pupils to prepare for transition following COVID-19 emergency measures.
  • To offer places for pupils with an EHCP for SEMH needs in Year 9. (To help the local Authority to address the shortage of places for secondary age pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for Social Emotional and Mental Health needs in the North and East of Birmingham).
  • Reducing the number of unfilled places at the school will improve the financial stability and support the school to move towards academy conversion.

Skilts School can currently offer 90 places to pupils with an EHCP for SEMH needs. Currently there are 67 pupils on roll at the school. Enabling Year 6 pupils at Skilts School to remain until the end of year 7, Year 7 pupils to remain until the end of Year 8 and by creating places in Year 9 will reduce the pressure on (other) schools offering SEMH places in other parts of the City. This IEB proposal to change the age range is on a temporary basis until 31st August 2022.

When will these changes happen?

If the proposal is approved by the decision makers, who are the IEB (following full consultation) , it is intended that the proposal to alter the age range of Skilts School from 5 – 11 years to 5 -14 years to include a Year 7, 8 and a Year 9 class at the school will come into with effect from 1st September 2021, until 31st August 2022

How will this affect pupils at the school?

If the proposal is approved, pupils currently in Years 6 and 7 who are due to transfer to other settings in September 2021 will be offered the opportunity to remain at school for another year in a year 7 and Year 8 class at Skilts School. This will allow pupils a further year to consider where they would like to continue their education.

The Pupils with Education Health and Care plans in Year 6 and 7 would have their EHCP reviewed and amended by The Local Authority SENAR Department to reflect the secondary provision in Year 7 and 8 being met by Skilts School. Parents and Carers would continue to have opportunities to meet with professionals annually or sooner if required to review the EHCP as they would normally do in the primary phase of the school.

How will the proposal increase educational standards and parental choice?

The proposed age range change at Skilts School is considered appropriate for the current Year 6 and 7 pupils at the school as it will allow them educational continuity in their current setting.  The age range will provide the opportunity for greater parental choice for families of children requiring a temporary year 9 place for their child with an EHCP for SEMH provision.

Will there be any effect on other schools, academies and educational institutions within the area?

There should be no negative effects on other mainstream schools (non-SEN), as Skilts School offers specialist, city wide provision. As this proposal is temporary, until 31st August 2022, the impact on other SEMH schools should be limited.

How will this affect staff?

The alteration to the age range could provide staff with greater career development with the opportunity to teach KS3 pupils.

Any changes to existing terms and conditions resulting from this proposal will be with full consultation with the trade unions and teaching associations. The pupils who stay on in the school into Year 7 and Year 8 and those pupils who receive a Year 9 place will receive a full entitlement curriculum for their age. This will be delivered through a primary model with the staff that pupils are familiar with. Additional special teachers with secondary experience will be available to support the school as required. Some staff within the school already have secondary experience. Training will be provided to staff as required. 

What will it cost to make this change?

There are no project costs relating to the temporary alteration to the age range of Skilts School. There is sufficient space in the existing accommodation at the Gorcott Hill site, which continues to be repaired (and sufficient accommodation on the Hallmoor Road site – should the school relocate earlier than planned.)

Is there enough room to accommodate extra pupils?

The school can currently accommodate up to 90 pupils and there are currently 67pupils on roll. The number of places that the new school buildings will be able to accommodate will increase to 120 when Skilts School relocates to Hallmoor Road site on 1st September 2021.

 Will this definitely happen?

No, there is a non-statutory process that the Interim Executive Board must follow to make these sorts of changes to schools.

Consultation

This document is the consultation document. We welcome comments on the proposal between 23rd November 2020 – 18th December 2020.

All comments received during the consultation period will be considered by the Interim Executive Board. After consideration, the IEB will make a decision whether to proceed with the proposal to temporarily alter the age range of Skilts School. This decision will be made early in the new year of 2021. We will notify you of the decision when this has been made. 

What will happen if this proposal does not go head?

If this proposal is rejected, pupils who are currently in Year 6 and 7 will leave the school at the end of the current school year (August 2021) and will not have the opportunity to remain at the school for a further year. The school will revert to an age range of 5 – 11 years, with pupils leaving at the end of Year 6. Temporary places will not be available for families/carers requiring a year 9 place for their child with an EHCP for SEMH provision. 

How can I make my views known?

We welcome comments within the four week consultation period, comments must be received no later than 18th December 2020. Please note all postal responses need to be received in school and addressed to the IEB no later than 18th December 2020.

Anyone wishing to make comments, support or objections to this proposal may do so through the BeHeard consultation website:

https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/people-1/skiltsagerange2

Or in writing to the School Address: FAO: IEB, Skilts School, Gorcott Hill, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 9ET

Or by emailing: skilts email enquiry@skilts.bham.sch.uk 

A consultation response form can be found at the end of this document and can be used if anyone would like to send their comments in writing or by email.

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Skilts School:

Proposal to Alter the Age Range of Skilts School from 5-11 years to 5 – 14 years to include years 7, 8 and 9 until August 2022

Thank you for taking the time to send us your thoughts on these proposals.

Consultation Response Form

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To: Stakeholders of Skilts School

Proposal to Make Prescribed Alteration

Skilts Special School

Notice is given in accordance with Section 19 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 and Regulation 6 of the School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013 that Birmingham City Council proposes to make the following prescribed alterations to Skilts School.

  • Increase the number of places from 64 to 90 with effect from 1st January 2020
  • Transfer Skilts School from Gorcott Hill, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 9ET to a new site at Hallmoor Road, Birmingham B33 9QY (the new site is 20km/12.5 miles from the current site) with effect from 1st September 2021.
  • Increase the number of places from 90  to 120 with effect from 1st September 2021

Skilts School is a Community Special School which offers up to 64 places to pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan for Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH).

This notice is an extract from the complete proposal. Copies of the complete proposal can be found at: www.birmingham.org.uk/people-1/skiltsrelocation

If you require a hard copy this can be obtained by writing to: School Organisation Team, Education Infrastructure, PO Box 15843, Birmingham B2 2RT. Within four weeks from the date of publication of this proposal, any person may object to or make comments on the proposal. Anyone who wishes to make representations about this proposal should do so through the above web site or by writing to the School Organisation Team at the above postal address. The date by which objections or comments must be received is 10th October 2019

Yours sincerely

Jaswinder Didially
Head of Service – Education Infrastructure

12th September 2019


Skilts SOT10144

Full Proposal Document

Name of School: Skilts Special School

Proposal to Transfer to New Site and Increase the Number of Pupil Places

Introduction
Birmingham City Council, as the Local Authority for Birmingham, is consulting on a proposal to make changes to Skilts Special School.

• Skilts School is one of 27 Birmingham special schools and can offer up to 64 places for pupils with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) for Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs, (SEMH). Skilts School is a Birmingham School that is located outside of City of Birmingham boundary, in Worcestershire.

School Information

Type: Special School (Local Authority Maintained) 
Name: Skilts Special SchoolDFE: 3307037
Address: Gorcott Hill, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 9ET 
Ward: SambourneDistrict: Stratford-Upon-Avon
Age Range: 5 – 11 yearsCapacity: 64
Last Ofsted: 5th December 2017Ofsted Rating Overall Effectiveness: 4 (inadequate – special measures)

What changes are proposed?
We are proposing to carry out the following changes to Skilts School:

• Increase the number of places from 64 to 90 with effect from 1st January 2020
• Transfer to new site at Hallmoor Road, Birmingham B33 9QY with effect from 1st September 2021 (The new site is 20km/12.5miles from the current site – measured by “straight line distance”.)
• Increase the number of places from 90 to 120 with effect from 1st September 2021.

Why do we want to do this?
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 completely replace the buildings.

Repairs are continuing to be carried out to keep the current site and buildings operational. This will allow the school to increase their number of SEMH places that they can offer up to 90 at the current site with effect from 1st January 2020.

If new accommodation is not provided, the school buildings at the Gorcott Hill site will eventually have to close as they will be beyond repair and no longer be a safe environment for learning.

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 at Hallmoor Road, Birmingham B33 9QY. This site is 20km/12.5 miles from the current site (measured by “straight line distance.)

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 the new buildings could accommodate, from 90 to 120.

When will these changes happen?
If the proposal is approved by the decision makers (following full consultation) it is intended that the proposal to:

• Increase the pupil numbers from 64 to 90 at the current site will come into effect from 1st January 2020
• Transfer to the new site and increase the number of places to 120 with effect from 1st September 2021

How will this affect pupils at the school?
As the school provides education for pupils from across the whole of Birmingham, relocating the school within the city boundary should have a positive impact on the time pupils spend travelling to school. 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.

How will the proposal increase educational standards and parental choice?
The Local Authority is keen to ensure that future places are provided in the areas that they are needed; helping children to attend a school nearer to home and as part of their local community. The proposed changes at Skilts School are considered appropriate for the current pupils at the school and is part of a programme to enhance the overall school accommodation solution for both the current and future pupils.

The school on the new site on Hallmoor Road will be new-build and fit-for-purpose accommodation to meet the needs of key-stage 1 and 2 pupils.

Will there be any effect on other schools, academies and educational institutions within the area?
There should be no negative effects on other mainstream schools (non-SEN), as Skilts School offers specialist city wide provision. There should be no negative impact on other SEMH schools as there is a continued need for SEMH places citywide.

How will this affect staff?
Moving to a new site may impact some staff. Any changes to existing terms and conditions resulting from the transfer will be with full consultation with the trade unions and teaching associations.

What are the project costs for this proposal and how is it funded?
The project to relocate Skilts School will be funded from Birmingham City Council funds.

Will this definitely happen?
No, there is a statutory process we must follow to make these sorts of changes to schools.

We sent a pre-publication letter to all parents, pupils and staff in June, asking for any comments by 19th July.

This document is the full proposal for statutory public consultation, referred to as the “representation period”. All comments received during the representation period will be forwarded to the decision makers for consideration.

Within two months of the end of the representation period the Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Skills and Culture jointly with the Director for Education & Skills will make a final decision.

It is only at that point that we will be able to say with certainty that the school will transfer to a new site at Hallmoor Road and increase the number of places from 64 to 90 with effect from 1st January 2020 and from to 90 to 120 with effect from 1st September 2021.

What will happen if this proposal is rejected?
If this proposal is rejected,

• Skilts School will remain at the current site, outside the City boundary at Gorcott Hill, Redditch.
• The school will continue to offer 64 places and the opportunity to provide much needed additional SEMH places will not be possible.
• 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.
• Alternative places would need to be found for the current and future pupils of the school.

What happens next?
The dates set out below meet the government requirements for us to consult fully with the people affected by the proposal.

Key dates

Action

Date

Statutory notice to be published12th September 2019
Beginning of 4 week consultation period12th September 2019
End of 4 week consultation period10th October 2019
Final decision to be made no later than10th December 2019

Changes implemented:

1. Increase in pupil places from 64 to 901st January 2020
2. Relocate to Hallmoor Road and Increase pupil numbers from 90 to 120 

A full risk assessment for Skilts School during the Covid 19 pandemic and  periods of lock down, has been reviewed in January 2021 and can be accessed by clicking HERE

Yours Sincerely

 

 

Dominic Crompton

Headteacher

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Following the latest Ofsted Inspection on 15th October 2020, please click this link to read the outcomes. 

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We are pleased to inform you that free school meal digital supermarket voucher codes for our pupils are now available. Details of your unique code and validation code will be distributed over the next few days along with guidance notes on how to obtain and redeem your e-vouchers.

Please follow this LINK to access How to use your Sodexo Vouchers guidance

Please follow this LINK to access the Frequently asked Questions and Answers document

Parents/Carers should go to https://www.vouchershopexchange.co.uk which will take you to the main login page and by entering your personal voucher/cheque no and validation codes, you will be able to select your preferred supermarket. You will then receive 2 emails, one ‘order confirmation’ and the second containing a link to your evoucher.

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Communication & Autism Team

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