Signposting - Schools & learning - Vision for Special Schools in Wiltshire - Update June 2020 - Progress in Providing Additional Special School Places

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Update June 2020 - Progress in Providing Additional Special School Places

Government officials have given the green light to a key part of the process to provide additional special school places in north Wiltshire.


Following extensive consultation process with parents, pupils, schools and the community, the Council approved a number of recommendations including: -

  • The establishment of a new, maintained special school with a single leadership team to work across all three sites of St Nicholas, Rowdeford and Larkrise schools.
  • Expansion on the existing Rowdeford site to accommodate up to 400 pupils as part of the new special school by September 2023.
  • Approve that the sites of St Nicholas and Larkrise stay in use until the new provision is ready, and then review if it is appropriate for children to transition to the new site at Rowdeford. This is to be established by approval by cabinet of further consultation on the appropriateness of transferring the provision of St Nicholas and Larkrise to the Rowdeford site no later than 12 months before opening all the new provision. This consultation would be determined by the demand for places, views of stakeholders and wider development of inclusive education for children and young people with SEND living in Wiltshire.


The Office for the School Adjudicator (OSA) examined the proposals to amalgamate the three schools and establish the new, maintained special school with a single leadership team to work across all three sites of St Nicholas, Rowdeford and Larkrise schools. It has now given the green light for the amalgamation to go ahead.