Dear Parents and Carers.

I am writing to you to inform you of Skilts Schools plans to begin re-opening following the governments announcements of last week. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the patience and understanding you have demonstrated during this unprecedented period of closure. The teachers have all fed back to me your successes and concerns and we have, I hope, dealt with all developing difficulties appropriately ensuring we stick to the number one rule regarding staying safe and reducing the risk of spread of the Covid 19 virus.

From Monday 8th of June, Skilts School will be delivering a provision for vulnerable pupils and pupils of key workers, but it will not necessarily match and should not match the curriculum and provision that would normally be in place. The National Curriculum has been suspended as have OFSTED inspections. The school will focus on supporting and building on the work pupils have done at home; managing emotions and the level of change we all have experienced; working outside safely where possible and building relationships and preparing for next year.

Skilts School will be using the week after half term week – commencing the 1st June – to:

  • Train staff in new ways of working
  • Train and practice new school systems
  • Change building layouts
  • Have all necessary stocks in school
  • Review risk assessments
  • Account for possible key changes in policy, especially the anticipated Government’s schools guidance update on the 28th May

 We will continue to support all children working at home. I hope, like me, you will appreciate the efforts and commitment displayed by our staff in school during this time. Please be aware that national guidance and the position of the various education bodies and unions are being constantly reviewed.  It may be that the above arrangements may need to change should amended guidance be issued prior to our planned return on the 8th June.

The position of the local authority is made clear in the statement issued by them yesterday.

“To reiterate, we are clear that we only support Birmingham schools opening to more pupils when it is safe to do so. We will continue to support head teachers who decide it is not yet safe to re-open to more pupils. Likewise, we support schools who carry out the risk assessment and conclude that they can safely re-open to more pupils.”

We will continue to work closely with all schools across Birmingham as we carry out the necessary risk assessments and want to get to a position where staff, pupils and parents feel comfortable about re-opening to more pupils.

Yours Sincerely

 

 

Dominic Crompton

Headteacher

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Formal Consultation

Monday 4th May 2020

Dear Parent / Carer

I am writing to inform you about the start of a formal consultation period proposed by  Skilts Interim Executive Board with regard to a temporary alteration to the Skilts School pupil age range. We are proposing this from September 2020 

The details about the proposal and information about how to make representation are in the accompanying consultation document. The consultation will run from today until Friday 5th June 2020.

Yours sincerely

 

Dominic Crompton

Head Teacher

For and on Behalf of the Interim Executive Board of Skilts School

 

Consultation by the Interim Executive Board of Skilts Special School

Proposal to Alter the age range from 5 – 11 to 5-12 years 

Introduction

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

  • 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 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 or have an impact on the already approved relocation and pupil increase.

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 – 12 years.
  • This will allow year 6 pupils to remain at the school for an additional year in Year 7.

Birmingham City Council support the IEB’s proposal.

Why do we want to do this?

This proposal is being developed for the following reasons

  • To allow continuity for pupils at the school, enabling pupils in Year 6 to remain at the school for an additional year.
  • Allows Year 6 to prepare for transition following COVID-19 emergency measures and school closure.
  • 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.

Skilts School can currently offer 90 places to pupils with an EHCP for SEMH needs. Currently there are 61 pupils on roll at the school. By enabling pupils at Skilts School to remain until the end of year 7 will reduce the pressure on other schools offering SEMH places in other parts of the City. It is anticipated that the alteration to the age range will be on a temporary basis for one year only.

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 -12 years to include a year 7 class at the school will come into with effect from 1st September 2020 for 1year.

How will this affect pupils at the school?

If the proposal is approved, pupils who are due to transfer to other settings in September 2020 will be offered the opportunity to remain at school for another year in a year 7 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 would have their EHCP reviewed and amended by The Local Authority SENAR Department to reflect the secondary provision in year 7 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 for one year is considered appropriate for the current year 6 pupils at the school it will allow them educational continuity in their current setting.

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, for one year, 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 will receive a full entitlement curriculum for their age. This will be  delivered through a primary model with the staff they 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 61 pupils on roll and an additional 10 due to start in September 2020.

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 4th May 2020 – 5th June 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. 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,

  • Skilts School will continue to offer up to 90 places.
  • Pupils will leave the school at the end of year 6 and will not have the opportunity to remain at the school in year 7.

How can I make my views known?

We welcome comments within the five week consultation period (this takes into account 1 week half term), comments must be received no later than 5th June 2020. Please note all postal responses need to be received in school and addressed to the IEB no later than 5th June 2020.

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

www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/people-1/skiltsagerange

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.

 

Skilts School:

Proposal to Alter the Age Range of Skilts School from 5-11 years to 5 – 12 years to add a year 7 class

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

Consultation Response Form

 

Please help us to analyse your response by completing the following:

 

Your name (optional): _____________________________________________________

Your contact details (optional, if you would like a reply) _____________________________________________________________________

 

Your interest in the proposal (please indicate one of the below):

Pupil

 

Parent

 

School Governor

 

School Staff

 

Other (please specify)

 

       Please provide your comments to the proposal.                            

 

 

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Update to Parents and Carers of children who attend Skilts School

I hope this message finds you all managing to help one another and staying safe within your family group during this very challenging time. We are all having to develop better relationships with whoever we live with and really stick together to beat this unprecedented pandemic.

At the time of writing this we won’t know what the government’s plans are to begin to open up the schools until May 7th. I am hopeful then there will be a way that all of us can be tested quickly if we have symptoms or any of our family members have symptoms. This will then help the majority of us to get back to a more normal life.

The latest update and advice regarding children’s safety is to remain at home if at all possible. Any exposure to other people creates a risk to ourselves of contracting Covid 19. If you are experiencing intolerable difficulty and feel the need for support with your children then you must let the class teacher or member of staff contacting you know when they make their weekly phone call to you. If you need to contact us in between these weekly planned conversations then please call the school during the morning. There will be someone to answer your call between 8.15 – 12.00 Monday – Thursday.

There are many agencies in your local area which are offering support and help during these challenging times and we will be able to signpost you to the most appropriate and supportive of these.

Skilts School has re-opened for a very limited number of children know to children’s services and vulnerable. The children are being transported by our own staff and Travel Assist in a minibus by themselves usually so that social distancing rules can be adhered to. While children are in school we are aiming to teach most of their lessons outside to reduce the risk to staff and children of spreading or contracting the virus. Staff are working in teams with any children to avoid unnecessary contact with each other. Any child considered would need to undergo a thorough risk assessment by a senior leader for the likelihood of being carriers of Covid 19. Other assessments of risk will be made for children who spit or who may need to be held for their own safety or the safety of others.

Stay safe stay at home and protect the NHS

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Edenred – Guidance for issuing eCodes by email

The new National Scheme for the provision of e-codes/e-vouchers for those qualifying for Free School Meals has been launched. Some good progress has been made, but the Depart pf Education are still working tirelessly to make continued improvement to the Scheme which has seen timely delays.

Parents/Carers will receive an email containing a 16-digit eCode. These cannot be taken to supermarkets to try and spend them. Supermarkets cannot accept eCodes – parents must first exchange them online for supermarket eGift cards.

We also recommend that parents/carers refer to the FAQ document:https://www.edenred.co.uk/Documents/DfE/DfE_FreeSchoolMeals_ParentCarerFAQs.pdf 

Parents/carers should follow the instructions on how to redeem the eCodes as they cannot be directly spent in-store. Parents/carers must:

  1. Go to http://www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk and enter their 16-digit eCode
  2. Choose from the selection of supermarket eGift cards and enter the delivery email address at checkout
  3. An email with the eGift card(s) will arrive within 24 hours
  4. The email contains either a barcode, or a link to an online barcode that can be taken in-store to be spent

For those parents/carers who do not have access email, other methods are available to school which includes the issuing of e-Cards by post.

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Week 1 and Week 2 Sodexo Free School Meals Guide Book Digital Supermarket Vouchers. 

Previous vouchers were issued by Sodexo. If you have not already redeemed them, please click this LINK to open the Parental Guidance that will explain and enable you to activate your supermarket e-vouchers.

The validation codes required will be sent through to parents/carers as soon as they are received from the Local Authority. Parents/Carers should then access www.vouchershopexchange.co.uk.

Parent/Carers will receive their digital eVoucher cheque which will have their cheque number and validation code

Parents then choose which supermarket eVoucher they would like. You must spend your full cheque value at once. Parent then completes the form with their email address and submits the order.

The eVoucher is sent instantly to the parent’s email address, they then spend it instore either by presenting their mobile or printed version.

All supermarkets have exclusions including alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets and fuel – funds must be spent on essential supplies for children for free school meal purposes.


More links to learning: https://stories.audible.com/

Launch of BBC Bitesize

The BBC has launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.

BBC Bitesize can be accessed here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

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Please find attached a range of  parent help-lines that families might find useful.  Please click on the relevant link for:

Birmingham Educational Psychology Service Helpline for Parents and Carers

Communication & Autism Team

The Children’s Occupational Therapy Service

Top Ten Tips to help your child

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Click HERE for letter from Special School Nursing Service and HERE for their supporting leaflet

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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 1201st September 2021

Welcome to our School Website

We hope that it will be a useful source of information for parents, relatives or friends who already have children at our school and for those who are thinking of joining us in the future.

We are very proud of our school and its many successes in all aspects of school life.  I hope as you explore our website that it will give you a clear insight into the life and work of our school and show you how the philosophy of our school with its strong commitment to high standards and its emphasis on developing each individual’s academic, social and personal potential to the full, impacts on everything we do.

If you are a pupil at our school I am sure you will have fun reading about our school and looking at the photographs of you and your friends! Please use the links throughout the website to help your learning!

If you are interested in working at our school, please refer to our “LATEST NEWS” section for any current vacancies.

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Welcome to our School Website

We hope that it will be a useful source of information for parents, relatives or friends who already have children at our school and for those who are thinking of joining us in the future.

We are very proud of our school and its many successes in all aspects of school life.  I hope as you explore our website that it will give you a clear insight into the life and work of our school and show you how the philosophy of our school with its strong commitment to high standards and its emphasis on developing each individual’s academic, social and personal potential to the full, impacts on everything we do.

If you are a pupil at our school I am sure you will have fun reading about our school and looking at the photographs of you and your friends! Please use the links throughout the website to help your learning!

If you are interested in working at our school, please refer to our “LATEST NEWS” section for any current vacancies.

Latest News

Click here to view the Latest News from Skilts School.

Contact us

Call us on 01527 853 851 or leave a message below

Parent View
Tell Ofsted what you think about our School
Term Dates

 

Download the Term Dates for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 at Skilts School

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