There have been some exciting developments since our last newsletter in May. Read on to find out more!
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People can now have their say on designs to create a new school build for SEND pupils which will provide much needed additional spaces.
The planning application for Silverwood School at its Rowde campus will extend the existing campus to provide a high quality provision for 350 pupils by September 2023 if agreed. A further phase of the programme will deliver 50 more places for Silverwood by September 2024.
The proposals include creating a "school within a school" feel with a community of small teaching clusters that will provide a range of specialist teaching spaces, therapeutic support, and quiet dining. There will also be a hydrotherapy pool, a new all-weather sport pitch, new playing fields, landscaping, and ecological enhancements.
The designs have been shaped by feedback from a series of workshops with the school community, local people, families and staff. There have also been general online meetings for people to share their thoughts on early designs. Now there is the opportunity to review the detailed plans in the application.
Wiltshire Council's cabinet has also agreed this week to allocate additional funding for the costs of the build should planning permission be given, in order to meet rising costs in materials in the construction market but also to address the unique nature of the site to protect its biodiversity.
Cllr Jane Davies Cabinet Member for SEND said: "We are at a key stage of ensuring we have enough school places for our SEND pupils so they can be educated in Wiltshire and enjoy learning close to home.
"I hope people will look over the planning application and send in their comments as we have welcomed public participation throughout this project.
"Silverwood pupils enjoy a unique setting which we want to preserve for everyone's enjoyment. This funding will enable this important build programme to proceed and secure much-needed additional places for our learners with special educational needs into the future.
New uniform revealed
The new uniform for Silverwood School has been unveiled and from September, pupils across all three sites at Trowbridge, Rowde and Chippenham will be wearing the same uniform. Earlier in the year the school consulted with pupils, parents and staff on a new logo and burgundy was chosen as the new uniform colour.
Cllr Suzanne Wickham, Portfolio Holder for SEND said “The choice of this lovely new unform is the latest step in shaping the new identity of Silverwood School across its three sites”.
New SEND school for Salisbury
Reach South Academy Trust continues to work with the Department for Education and Wiltshire Council on the development of a new free school in the south of Wiltshire.
The school will offer 150 places and the former UTC building on Wilton Road Salisbury is under consideration to provide a suitable new home to meet the needs of learners with autism and social, emotional and mental health needs.
Reach South leaders have a clear vision for the new school committed to high standards. Firstly, the school wants to build a kind, caring environment in which children feel safe. Secondly, it wants to help children build their independence so that when they leave they have the tools and confidence to lead an independent life. Thirdly, the school wants to build a community of parents, carers, and families who they can work with to build and consistently improve the school.
In addition, the school will support the whole community, particularly mainstream schools, so that they can share knowledge, resources and tools with educational and social care providers in the area, making the region more equipped for working with children with diagnosed autism or SEMH.
School Places September 2021
We recognise that starting school is an exciting time for families but it can also be a time which can result in worries for parents and carers about school placements for children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or who are going through the assessment process.
We have worked with our schools and settings to make sure that we have the spaces that we need in our specialist school provision and in our resource base provision for the reception year children who have this named in their EHCP and who are starting school this September. Wherever possible we aim to minimise journey time to this school or setting but know that in a county as large as Wiltshire, some children will need to travel in order to reach their school.
We know that some of our Education, Health and Care needs assessments are not yet complete and that can lead to concern and uncertainty at this point in the term. We are working to complete as many of these as possible within the statutory timeframe, so that they are complete before the start of the school year or as close to this as is possible.
If you have any questions about an assessment which is already underway then please do contact your SEND Lead Worker directly; their name can be found at the bottom of the correspondence you will have received relating to the Education Health and Care Assessment. Alternatively, you can call 0300 456 0108 and speak to a member of the SEN team who will be able to advise you.