View the results of previous consultations and details of next steps.

Previous 12 months consultation

This consultation closed on on 20 November.


Active travel fund for the Oatlands Drive and The Saints area of Harrogate.

We are collecting your views on travelling around the Oatlands area. Please let us know what you like, what you don't like, and what could be improved.

The statutory notice period closed on 27 October 2022. The proposal will be determined at the children and young people’s service - executive members and corporate director meeting on 6 December.


Proposal to establish targeted mainstream provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities at Caedmon College in Whitby.

Notice is given in accordance with section 19(1) of the education and inspections act 2006 that we intend to make prescribed alterations to Caedmon College Whitby (community secondary school), Prospect Hill, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1LA, to add provision reserved for children with special educational needs in the form of targeted provision from 1 January 2023. This will support up to 8 full time pupils with communication and interaction needs.

Copies of the complete proposals can be obtained from Strategic Planning:

Children and Young People's Service,
North Yorkshire County Council,
County Hall,
Northallerton,
DL7 8AD

Complete proposal is also available on the statutory proposal page.

Within four weeks from the date of publication of these proposals, any person may object to or make comments on the proposals by sending them to strategic planning - Children and Young People's Service, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD, or by emailing schoolorganisation@northyorks.gov.uk by 5pm on 27 October 2022.

Signed: B. Khan
Assistant Chief Executive
(Legal and democratic services)
Publication Date: 29 September 2022

Supporting documents

The statutory notice period closed on 27 October 2022. The proposal will be determined by our executive on 8 November.


Notice is given in accordance with section 19(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD, intends to make prescribed alterations to Brompton Hall (Community Special) School, High Street, Brompton-by-Sawdon, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 9DB. 

These proposals are (1) to remove residential (boarding) provision at Brompton Hall School from 1 September 2024, with no new residential placements made from September 2023; (2) to change from single-sex (boys) to co-educational provision at Brompton Hall School from 1 September 2023; and (3) to increase the number of day places at Brompton Hall School from 67 to up to 85 from 1 September 2023. These three proposals are linked and will only be implemented subject to all the proposals being approved.

Copies of the complete proposals can be obtained from:

Strategic Planning - Children and Young People's Service,
North Yorkshire County Council,
County Hall,
Northallerton,
DL7 8AD

Our website also has details of the complete proposals.

Within four weeks from the date of publication of these proposals, any person may object to or make comments on the proposals by sending them to Strategic Planning - Children and Young People's Service, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD, or by emailing schoolorganisation@northyorks.gov.uk  by 5pm on 27 October, 2022.

Signed: B.Khan, Assistant Chief Executive, Legal and Democratic Services
Publication Date: 29 September, 2022

Supporting documents

What is a Community Governance Review?

The aim of the review is to bring about improved community engagement, communities that are more unified, better local democracy and more effective and convenient delivery of local services.

This consultation wants to ensure that community governance continues to reflect the identities and interests of local communities. Reviews provide an opportunity to consider what the most effective governance arrangements are.

Why are we conducting a Community Governance Review of Harrogate and Scarborough?

On 1 April 2023, a new unitary authority, North Yorkshire Council that will deliver all local services, will replace North Yorkshire County Council, Scarborough Borough Council, Harrogate Borough Council, along with the county’s five other district councils.

A central pledge in the bid for a new unitary authority was “double devolution”. This will enable town and parish councils the opportunity to take on greater responsibilities. Currently, parts of Scarborough and Harrogate towns do not have a parish or town council that could choose to take on these responsibilities.

Putting in place the most local tier of decision making could give residents more ownership and control of services delivered on their behalf. As well as taking on responsibility for some local services, parish and town councils have a strong voice in planning issues, separate to the statutory planning authority. A more localised council would give residents a bigger say and there would be an additional tier of councillors to represent residents, focusing on more immediate local issues.

The unparished areas lie mostly within the more urban areas. Harrogate and Scarborough currently have Borough status, which entitles them to have a mayor. To preserve the historic property, privileges, rights and traditions, the structural changes order approved by the Government to allow the creation of the single North Yorkshire Council establishes Charter Trustee areas for both Harrogate and Scarborough from 1 April 2023.

Whilst Charter Trustee areas are intended to protect the history and traditions of an area, they have no powers in respect of providing services to residents and the trustees may carry out ceremonial functions only. Charter trustees are the councillors on North Yorkshire Council representing the electoral divisions in the unparished areas.

Parish and town councils play a key role in representing the views and promoting the needs of communities and provide services to their residents. Parish Councillors are directly elected to the parish council by the electors of the parish area. This review will seek views on whether town or parish councils should be created in the currently unparished areas and if so, what these might look like.

More about parish councils 

Parish Councils (some are called Town Councils) are the first level of local government. Currently there are three tiers of local government in the Scarborough and Harrogate districts:

  • North Yorkshire County Council,
  • Harrogate or Scarborough Borough Council and
  • Parish or town councils in all parished areas.

From 1 April 2023, the County and Borough Councils will no longer exist and there will be two tiers of local government in areas of Harrogate and Scarborough that have town and parish councils, North Yorkshire Council and the town and parish councils. There will be only one tier for unparished areas.

Parish councils have relatively few statutory functions (things they have to do). The statutory functions are, for example, the holding of meetings, the management of its finances and the preparation of annual accounts. A parish council employs staff, owns and manages premises, and provides services.

How do Parish Councils operate?

Residents of the parished area elect councillors. They represent residents and their interests and councillors will make most of the decisions about what a parish council does in meetings. Although the public has a right to attend meetings of a parish council and its committees, it is the councillors who collectively make decisions about council business and what services or facilities it provides.

How are they funded?

The parish council must carefully budget for the expenditure it will have to pay in the next financial year. A parish council may generate income from money from rents from premises that it leases or licences for use by others, or from the services or facilities it provides (for example sports facilities, off street car parks). It may also receive grants for certain projects. The main source of income derives from the precept levied on the residents in its area. The precept is incorporated into a local resident’s council tax bill.

What do they do?

Although parish councils have few statutory functions or duties (for example: things they have to do) there are many things they can do if they choose. What they choose to do will depend on the needs of the local community they serve. They have the discretion to exercise a range of statutory powers related to the provision or support of certain services or facilities which benefit their area, and/or the residents that live there, examples might include sports facilities, allotments, local youth projects, bus shelters, litter bins, off street carparks, community centres, parks and open spaces, community transport schemes, neighbourhood planning, crime reduction measures, street lighting, festivals and fetes, traffic calming measures and tourism activities.

More about Charter Trustee Areas

From 1 April 2023, the new North Yorkshire Council will replace the Borough and County Councils. Currently, Harrogate and Scarborough have borough status, which entitle them to have a mayor. The unparished areas of the town lie mostly in the urban centres and in the absence of an existing parish council, charter trustee areas will be established for these parts of the two boroughs. Charter trustee areas are intended to protect the historic property and traditions of an area, but they are not intended to act as administrative units. Trustees have no power in respect of providing services to residents and the trustees may carry out ceremonial functions only.

Unlike parish councils, the powers of charter trustee areas are limited to the following remits:

  1. to promote the historical links and traditions of the former borough
  2. to support activities that enhance the links
  3. to support activities of the Mayor in conjunction with those roles
  4. to determine expenditure that supports these objectives.

There are similar statutory requirements as for parish councils relating to, for example, the holding of meetings and the management of their finances and accounts. 

How do Charter Trustee Areas operate?

The Charter Trustees are the councillors chosen by the electors of the relevant electoral divisions to represent them on the new North Yorkshire Council. Charter trustees must have a Charter Mayor (Chairperson). They are elected annually at the Annual Meeting of the Charter Trustees in May. Charter trustee meetings are led by the Chairperson and advised by a Clerk who is there to see that business is conducted within the law.

How are they funded?

Charter trustees have the ability to raise a precept in the same way as a parish council. The precept is incorporated into a local resident’s council tax bill.

What do they do?

Their role is purely ceremonial. Their task is to maintain the traditions and functions of the mayor and to safeguard historic and ceremonial property, other than land and buildings of the former borough area. Charter Trustees do not have the power to deliver services or undertake other activities in the same way that a parish council does.

What will the review focus on?

We will consider the community governance arrangements for the areas under review and whether to recommend

  • creating a Parish Council to take over the ceremonial functions of the charter trustees and provide other local services. Charter trustee areas would be dissolved on creation of a new parish council.
  • not creating a Parish Council in the Charter Trustee Areas so that charter trustees continue to exist and undertake ceremonial functions only.

If the review concludes at the draft recommendation stage that a new parish council should be created, it will also consider and make draft recommendations for

  • the electoral arrangements, including the number of councillors and whether parish warding is appropriate
  • the ‘style’ (whether it should be known as a town, community, neighbourhood, or village rather than a parish council)

Minor boundary changes to correct anomalies will be considered if necessary. During the review, boundary anomalies may become obvious where, for example, it may seem more appropriate for a small unparished area to be included within a neighbouring parish rather than either remaining within the unparished charter trustee area or becoming part of any new parish which may be created.  Three such areas have already been identified, which are included within this review, all within the Scarborough Borough area, being Eastfield Town Council, Newby & Scalby Town Council, and Osgobdy Parish Council. More about those areas can be found below. In any such case, affected residents and parish councils will be consulted.

The review will also consider other forms of community governance. There may be other arrangements for community representation or community engagement in an area, including area committees, neighbourhood management programmes, tenant management organisations, area or community forums, residents’ and tenants’ associations or community associations, which may be more appropriate to some areas than parish councils.

The review will be mindful of such other viable forms of community governance in its consideration of whether parish governance is most appropriate. However, what sets parish councils apart from other kinds of governance is the fact that they are a democratically elected tier of local government, independent of other council tiers and budgets, and have specific powers.

The review will take account of

  1. the impact of community governance arrangements on community cohesion
  2. the size, population and boundaries of the local community.
  3. any alternative forms of community governance in any part of the area under review

The final recommendations made at the end of the review will seek to ensure that community governance across the area under review:

  1. is reflective of the identities and interests of the community in that area; and
  2. effective and convenient to the community in that area.

How will the review be carried out?

Before making any recommendations or publishing final proposals, the council must consult local government electors for the area under review and any other person or body (including a local authority) which appears to the council to have an interest in the review.

The Council will therefore:

  • publish Terms of Reference for the Review
  • write to local Members of Parliament, the PFCC, County Councillors, Borough Councillors
  • write to households in the unparished areas
  • inform local groups and interested parties including public and voluntary organisations

Before making any recommendations, the council will take account of any representations received. The council will publish its recommendations as soon as practicable and take such steps as it considers sufficient to ensure that persons who may be interested in the community governance review are informed of the recommendations and the reasons behind them. The council will notify each consultee and any other persons or bodies who have made written representations of the outcome of the review.

The timetable below sets out dates for two periods of public consultation.

Date

Action

19 July 2022

North Yorkshire County Council Executive to approve Terms of Reference for the Community Governance Review

August to September 2022

Formal initial Community Governance Review consultation

October to December 2022

Consideration of responses and drafting of recommendations

January 2023

North Yorkshire County Council Executive to approve Draft Recommendations for further consultation

February to April 2023

Further public consultation on Draft Recommendations

April to June 2023

Formulation of final recommendations

July 2023

Final recommendations to be considered by Full Council.

By Summer 2023

Reorganisation Order made

May 2024

Parish council elections to be held under any new arrangements that may be decided.

Link to reports/decisions

Report to Executive – 19 July 2022

How do I get involved?

Your views about the proposals are welcomed. Follow the links below to see maps of the areas under review and electorate statistics and to submit an online response.

Harrogate town centre

Online responses may be submitted.

If you would prefer to submit a paper response you can visit the following locations where you can view printed versions of the information and complete and hand in a paper version of the online survey form.

  • Harrogate Library, Victoria Avenue, Harrogate HG1 1EG 
  • Bilton and Woodfield Community Library, Woodfield Road, Harrogate, HG1 4HZ 
  • Harrogate Borough Council, Civic Centre, St Luke’s Avenue, Harrogate HG1 2AE 

You can also email cgr@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 780780.

The closing date for responses is 14 October 2022.

List of Electoral Areas and numbers of households/electors

Division

Electorate

(as at 1 May 22)

Households

(as at 1 May 22)

Bilton and Nidd Gorge

5,959

3663

Bilton Grange and New Park

5,943

3747

Coppice Valley and Duchy (PART)

5,576

3776

Fairfax and Starbeck

6,036

3806

Harlow and St Georges

6,524

3863

High Harrogate and Kingsley

6,466

4356

Killinghall, Hampsthwaite and Saltergate (PART)

1,686

1191

Oatlands and Pannal (PART)

4,224

2436

The Stray and Hookstone

6,155

3530

Valley Gardens and Central Harrogate

6,300

5154

Totals

54,869

35,522

​Scarborough town centre

Online responses may be submitte.

If you would prefer to submit a paper response you can visit the following locations where you can view printed versions of the information and complete and hand in a paper version of the online survey form.

  • Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG
  • Scarborough Library, Vernon Road Scarborough YO11 2NN

You can also email cgr@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 780780.

The closing date for responses is 14 October 2022.

List of Electoral Areas and numbers of households/electors

Division

Electorate

(as at 1 June 22)

Households

(as at 1 June 22)

Castle

5,404

4,989

Eastfield - unparished part

84

44

Falsgrave & Stepney

6,202

4,213

Northstead

5,542

4,160

Weaponness & Ramshill

5,762

5,215

Woodlands

5,244

3,445

Totals

28,238

22,066

Eastfield area

Online responses may be submitted.

If you would prefer to submit a paper response you can visit the following locations where you can view printed versions of the information and complete and hand in a paper version of the online survey form.

  • Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG
  • Eastfield Community Library, High Street, Eastfield, YO11 3LL

You can also email cgr@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 780780.

The closing date for responses is 14 October 2022.

List of Electoral Areas and numbers of households/electors

Eastfield Town Council

Electorate

(as at 1 June)

Households affected

(as at 1 June)

Councillors

Eastway Ward

2,676

1,734

6

Westway Ward

2,059

1,392

5

Totals:

4,735

3,126

11

Newby and Scalby area

Online responses may be submitted.

If you would prefer to submit a paper response you can visit the following locations where you can view printed versions of the information and complete and hand in a paper version of the online survey form.

  • Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG
  • Newby and Scalby Library & Information Centre, 450 Scalby Road, Scarborough, YO12 6EE

You can also email cgr@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 780780.

The closing date for responses is 14 October 2022.

List of Electoral Areas and numbers of households/electors

Newby and Scalby Town Council

Electorate

(as at 1 June)

Households

(as at 1 June)

Councillors

Newby Ward

4,863

 

8

Scalby Ward

2,935

 

5

Totals:

7,798

 

13

Osgodby area

Online responses may be submitted.

If you would prefer to submit a paper response you can visit the following locations where you can view printed versions of the information and complete and hand in a paper version of the online survey form.

  • Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG

You can also email cgr@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 780780.

The closing date for responses is 14 October 2022.

List of Electoral Areas and numbers of households/electors

Osgodby Parish Council

Electorate

(as at 1 June)

Households

(as at 1 June)

Councillors

Whole area

1,077

698

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Notice is given in accordance with section 15(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD, intends to discontinue Woodfield Community Primary School, Woodfield Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4HZ on 31 December 2022.

The proposal also includes revised school catchment area arrangements that would apply, in the event of closure, from 1 January 2023.

Copies of the complete proposal can be obtained from:

Strategic Planning Children and Young People's Service,
North Yorkshire County Council,
County Hall,
Northallerton,
DL7 8AD

And more information is available in the statutory proposals document.

Within four weeks from the date of publication of this proposal, any person may object to or make comments on the proposal by sending them to Strategic Planning - Children and Young People's Service, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD, or emailing schoolorganisation@northyorks.gov.uk by 5pm on 6 October 2022.

Signed: B. Khan

Assistant Chief Executive

(Legal and democratic services)

Publication Date: 8 September 2022

Supporting documents

This consultation closed on on 25 September.


From next year there will be a new single council in North Yorkshire, providing all the services you are used to receiving. The new North Yorkshire Council will replace the seven district and borough councils as well as the county council. All eight councils are working together to make sure that the services you value continue as usual when North Yorkshire Council comes into being on 1 April 2023.

Having one council means services can be strengthened and joined up to improve the quality of life and opportunities for people across North Yorkshire. It will also save money by reducing duplication to put back into frontline services and support local priorities and decision-making.

Currently the seven borough and district councils all have slightly different Council Tax Reduction schemes, and by law North Yorkshire Council must introduce a single scheme covering the whole of the North Yorkshire area. The proposal is to introduce an income banded scheme that is more supportive, with the maximum level of reduction for the people most in need.

The aim is that the single scheme will:

  • make claiming easy
  • provide up to 100% support for households on the lowest incomes
  • work better with the Universal Credit system
  • support families, carers and applicants who receive a disability benefit
  • take away the need for constant changes in awards
  • be easier to manage

Most applicants will get the same support as they do now and many will be better off. Although some households will have a little more to pay the proposals set out plans for a hardship fund, so that anyone affected who needs additional help will be supported.

We want to know what people think about the new Council Tax Reduction Scheme for North Yorkshire Council as part of a consultation.

The consultation includes more detailed information, with a table that sets out the proposed levels of discount that will be available through the simplified, income banded scheme.

We’ll ask you what you think about:

  • the proposed income banded scheme;
  • protecting people who get certain benefits; and
  • a hardship fund for anyone who needs extra help.

There are also some questions at the end that will ask you about your own circumstances, but nothing that can identify you and all of the information gathered is confidential and anonymous.

Council Tax Reduction is a scheme that helps people on low incomes pay their council tax bill. The proposed changes will not affect other statutory discounts, such as the single person discount, which provides a 25% discount on your council tax bill if you are the only adult in your home. These statutory discounts apply regardless of your level of income and are not affected by the Council Tax Reduction Scheme consultation.

Frequently asked questions

What is Council Tax Reduction?

Council Tax Reduction is a discount that helps people on low incomes pay their council tax bill. The level of discount is based on the income of the household. Each of the seven district and borough councils within North Yorkshire currently have a different scheme.

Why are you making changes?

From 1 April 2023 the new North Yorkshire Council will replace the seven district and borough councils as well as the county council. By law we have to introduce a single Council Tax Reduction Scheme covering the whole of the North Yorkshire area by 31 March 2023.

What scheme is North Yorkshire Council proposing?

The proposals set out an income banded scheme that is more supportive, with the maximum level of reduction for the people most in need.

Who will this affect?

The changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme will affect working age households in the North Yorkshire area who will get Council Tax Reduction from 1 April 2023. Pension age households will not see any change as the scheme to support this group is set out by Central Government.

How long do I have to take part? 

You can have your say by taking part in the consultation up to midnight on 25 September 2022, so please let us know your views before then.

What happens after the consultation closes? 

Councillors will consider all comments and feedback in October, before making a final decision in November.

Who can I contact about getting help to pay my council tax bill now?

If you’re on a low income or claim benefits you can apply for a reduction in the council tax you pay. Find information about the council tax reduction/support scheme and a postcode checker that will take you to your local borough or district council.

Can I request a paper copy of the consultation, or another format?

If you need any of this information in another language or format, or you would like a paper copy of the consultation, please use the contact details below depending on where you live.

Borough or district council

Telephone number and customer service centre opening hours

Email address

Craven District Council

01756 700600

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4:30pm

benefits@cravendc.gov.uk

 

Hambleton District Council

01609 779977

Monday to Thursday 8:45am to 5:15pm

Friday: 8:45am to 4:45pm

benefits@hambleton.gov.uk

Harrogate Borough Council

01423 500600

Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 5pm

Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm

customerservices@harrogate.gov.uk

Richmondshire District Council

01748 829100

Monday to Thursday: 8:45am to 5:515pm

Friday: 8:45am to 4:45pm

benefits@richmondshire.gov.uk

Ryedale District Council

01653 600666

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4:30pm

benefits@ryedale.gov.uk

 

Scarborough Borough Council

01723 232372

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am to 5pm

Wednesday: 9:30am to 5pm

benefits.office@scarborough.gov.uk

Selby District Council

01757 705101

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am to 5.00pm

Wednesday: 10am to 5pm

Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm

benefits@selby.gov.uk

The closing date for responses was the 8 September 2022.


This paper sets out our school organisation proposals to remove residential provision, change from single sex to co-educational provision and increase the number of day places at Brompton Hall School, Brompton-by-Sawdon, Scarborough.

It follows a review of provision and consultation carried out under the Children and Families Act 2014.

This paper gives the background to the proposals. There will be virtual (online) public meetings on 5 and 14 July 2022 at 6pm via Microsoft Teams. If you wish to be part of this virtual meeting could you please let us know by providing your email address and joining instructions will be provided.

Background

We want all children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in North Yorkshire:

  • to have the best educational opportunities so that they achieve the best outcomes
  • to be able to attend a school or provision locally, as close to their home as possible, where they can make friends and be part of their local community
  • to make progress with learning, have good social and emotional health, and to prepare them for a fulfilling adult life

We have a statutory responsibility under the Children and Families Act 2014 to keep its special educational provision under review, to ensure sufficiency in placements to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Under the same act, we also have responsibility for ensuring that the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are suitably assessed and that needs are met.

The current residential offer at Brompton Hall School is for boys aged eight to 16 who have Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) needs and identified social care needs. Residential placement is available Monday to Friday (four nights) during term times.

We consulted under the Children and Families Act 2014 in February and March 2022 on proposals to change special educational provision at Brompton Hall School. This first consultation included stakeholder events for parents and professionals. The responses from this first consultation have been considered in the decision to consult on these proposals.

The school organisation proposals

We are now consulting specifically on the school organisation proposals required to:

  • Remove residential (boarding) provision at Brompton Hall School from 1 September 2024, with no new residential placements made from September 2023.
  • Change from single-sex (boys) to co-educational provision at Brompton Hall School from 1 September 2023
  • Phased increase in the number of day places at Brompton Hall School from 67 to up to 85 from 1 September 2023.

Your views on these school organisation proposals are welcomed.

Further details about the proposals

The following information was provided in the first consultation in February and March 2022. 

Frequently asked questions

What is this consultation about?

This consultation is about our proposal to cease the residential offer at Brompton Hall School. 

Under these proposals, residential provision would be phased out, ceasing completely by September 2024. We are also proposing that the designation of Brompton Hall School is changed from single sex, boys, to co-educational.

Why do we need to cease the residential offer at Brompton Hall School?

The current residential offer at Brompton Hall School is for young people aged 8 to 16 who have Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) needs and identified social care needs. Our vision is for children and young people to grow up in a family environment wherever possible. Over recent years the number of boys placed residentially at the school has dropped and is forecast to continue to reduce. It is forecast that the current residential offer will become unviable for the school as the numbers reduce.

Why do we need to change the designation of Brompton Hall School?

The current designation of the school is single sex, boys. This means that girls, and those who identify as non-binary, who have social, emotional, mental health needs and live in the Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale area do not have an option of a special school close to their community.

What difference will the proposed changes make to young people who attend Brompton Hall School?

Residential placements for those pupils who currently have one will continue until September 2024. This will enable the majority of young people to naturally reach the end of their time at the school in year 11 and move on. Our services and the school will work together to ensure that the most appropriate support is put in place for young people to transition to new arrangements based on their individual circumstances. 

It is also expected that more pupils will be able to attend the school in future years through increasing the number of day and extended day places, benefitting more children.

The school would no longer be single sex, boys but would also admit girls and those who identify as non-binary.

How will ceasing the residential offer improve special educational needs and disabilities services for people who use them?

  • More young people with social, emotional, mental health needs grow up in a family environment.
  • More young people with social, emotional, mental health needs will be able to access day and extended day places at a school close to their families and communities.
  • The viability of the school will be improved.
  • Girls will have a local special school offer which does not currently exist.

How will changing the designation of Brompton Hall school from single sex, boys, to co-educational improve special educational needs and disabilities services for people who use them?

There will be a maintained local offer for day and extended day placements for girls and those who identify as non-binary with social, emotional, mental health needs in the Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale area.

What happens next?

The closing date for responses was the 8 September 2022.

All responses to the consultation received by this date will be considered by our Executive committee on 20 September 2022.

If our Executive decide to proceed, then statutory proposals would be published on 29 September on our website and statutory notices placed in the local press and on the school gates. These statutory proposals would provide a further four weeks for representations to be made. A final decision would then be made in November by our Executive (or by the Executive Member for Education, Learning and Skills, if there are no objections to statutory proposals). 

Anticipated key dates

All dates are subject to approvals at each stage.

Subject Date
Consultation opens 29 June 2022
Public meetings 5 and 14 July 2022
Consultation closes 8 September 2022
Our Executive considers consultation response 20 September 2022
Statutory Proposals published (four weeks for representations to be made) 29 September to 27 October 2022
Final decision by our Executive (or the Executive Member for Education and Skills, if there are no objections to the statutory proposals) 8 November 2022
Implementation

From 1 September 2023:

  • change from single-sex to co-educational provision
  • increase in day places
  • no new residential placements made

From 1 September 2024:

  • removal of residential provision

This consultation closed on 4 September 2022.


North Yorkshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board is undertaking a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), which is a legal, comprehensive, assessment of the current and future needs of local people for community pharmacy services.

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is important because it will be used as the basis for informing decisions when applications for new pharmacies are received and for commissioning of new services within community pharmacies.

Take part and tell us your views

We want to hear your feedback on the current  draft refresh of the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022-2025 (pdf / 5 MB).

You can tell us your views and give us your suggestions in the following ways:

Fill in the online survey

Please do not include any personal identifiable information in any of your answers that could identify yourself or another individual.

An easy read version of this survey is available on request.

If you would like to request any paper copies of the survey, or require information about the consultation in a different language or a more accessible format please contact  HASBusinessSupportCH@northyorks.gov.uk, or call our customer service centre on 01609 780780.

You can also send your views on the proposals by email directly to HASBusinessSupportCH@northyorks.gov.uk

Or write to us at:

HAS Business Support (PNA Consultation)

North Yorkshire County Council
County Hall
Northallerton
North Yorkshire
DL7 8AE

How long is the consultation?

This will be a 60-day consultation starting on Tuesday 5 July until Sunday 4 September.

What happens after the consultation closes?

All feedback received by 4 September 2022 will be collated and presented to the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Steering Group for consideration on behalf of the Health and Wellbeing Board. The final Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment will be published by 1 October 2022.

This consultation closed on 23 August.


Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are working together on major improvements, which are designed to help boost economic recovery and make it easier to walk, cycle and use public transport.

The project is part of the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme, a major new programme of investment aimed at making it easier to walk, cycle and use public transport.

We asked for your views about the proposals back in March 2021 and September/October 2021. We listened to your feedback and now we want you to tell us what you think of the updated proposals.

What to do next

This survey is now closed. The consultation ran between 20 July and 23 August.

If you are having difficulty accessing the information online, or need alternative formats, please get in touch with us by emailing Transformingcities@northyorks.gov.uk or calling  01609 780780.

This consultation closed on 31 July 2022.


We are consulting on the York Learning and North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills Service strategy.

North Yorkshire Adult Learning Service (ALSS) and York Learning are seeking views from stakeholders and learners on whether this new proposed strategy offers a clear description of the type of service to be offered by the authorities, whether it goes far enough in defining the types of learners we aim to engage and whether the approaches suggested demonstrate effective value for money.

North Yorkshire Adult Learning Service and York Learning provide Adult and Community learning provision largely funded by the Education and skills Funding agency. Additional income comes via dedicated project work, apprenticeships, 16-18 study programmes and support for those learners aged 19-25 with Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP’s).

To support adults to engage in learning that will improve prospects and benefit their communities we need simplicity in what could be seen to be a complex offer. The majority of adults, of almost all demographics, are not engaging in future learning with those with the lowest base level qualifications the least likely to engage. The complexity of the skills landscape may be one of the reasons, whilst duplication of offer, difficulties in accessing provision or fear built on previous poor experience may be further challenges.  It is therefore important for both services to be able to communicate to learners what we are about and why they should engage with us.

Aligning both services across a common strategy is important to support the wider economic requirements of the region but also if, as planned, the adult education budget is devolved under a Mayoral Combined Authority, currently being negotiated with Government to commence in 2024/2025.

The services are supported by a shared head of service to enable closer harmony with the economic needs and skills strategies of the York and North Yorkshire region. This area is working towards potential devolution of its adult learning budget under a combined mayoral authority. 

We are seeking views from stakeholders, which includes learners, on whether the proposed new strategy offers:-

  • a clear description of the type of learning offer the services have;
  • whether it goes far enough in defining the types of learners we aim to engage with;
  • whether the approaches suggested demonstrate effective value for money.

If you are struggling to access the online form please contact AdultLearningService@northyorks.gov.uk either with your thoughts and comments or to request the survey in a different format. 

This consultation closed on 22 July 2022.


The government is determined to level up opportunities for all children and young people – without exception. We are just as ambitious for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) as for every other child.

An extract from .gov publication

The SEND review sets out government’s proposals for a system that offers children and young people the opportunity to thrive, with access to the right support, in the right place, and at the right time, so they can fulfil their potential and lead happy, healthy and productive adult lives.

The reforms to the SEND system introduced in 2014 had the right aspirations and since then there has been much to celebrate. It is clear that the system is driven by a hardworking and dedicated workforce. However, despite examples of good practice, too often the experiences and outcomes of children and young people are poor. Parents and carers are frustrated at having to navigate an increasingly complex and adversarial system. Growing tension across the system is causing delays in accessing support and increasing financial challenges for local government.

The SEND review is a response to the widespread recognition that the system is failing to deliver for children, young people and their families.

Over the course of the review, we have listened to a wide range of people, most importantly children, young people and their families. As the review progressed it became clear that alternative provision is increasingly being used to supplement the SEND system. Therefore, we have looked at the specific challenges facing the alternative provision sector, and proposed potential solutions, as part of this review.

The review has identified 3 key challenges facing the SEND and alternative provision system.

  1. Navigating the SEND system and alternative provision is not a positive experience for too many children, young people and their families.
  2. Outcomes for children and young people with SEND or in alternative provision are consistently worse than their peers across every measure.
  3. Despite the continuing and unprecedented investment, the system is not financially sustainable.

A vicious cycle of late intervention, low confidence and inefficient resource allocation

For both families and providers, the review has identified there is significant inconsistency in how needs are met. Decisions are too often made based on where a child or young person lives or is educated, not on their needs.

This cycle starts in early years and mainstream schools, where despite best endeavours, settings are often ill-equipped to identify and support children and young people. Inconsistent practice makes this worse.

It is not clear to families what they should reasonably expect from their local mainstream settings, and they lose confidence that these settings can meet their child’s needs. As a result, education, health and care plans (EHCPs) and, in some cases, specialist provision, are seen as the only means of guaranteeing the right and appropriate support.

Increasing numbers of requests for EHCPs and specialist provision means that children and young people face significant delays in accessing support.

Some children and young people, including those with more complex needs, face long journeys to get to school or have to attend a placement outside of their local area, taking them away from their local community.

Financial resource and workforce capacity is pulled to the specialist end of the system so there is less available to deliver early intervention and effective, timely support in mainstream settings. As a result, the vicious cycle continues with outcomes and experiences for children and young people continuing to suffer and costs increasing.

Turning this vicious cycle into a virtuous one

The vast majority of children and young people should be able to access the support they need to thrive in their local mainstream setting, without bureaucratic processes, or the need for an EHCP or a placement in special or alternative provision. They should have their needs identified promptly, with appropriate support put in place at the earliest opportunity.

For some children and young people, specialist provision will be the most appropriate placement for them to be able to learn and succeed. They should be able to access this with minimal bureaucracy.

The green paper is consulting on ambitious proposals to deliver greater national consistency in the support that should be made available, how it should be accessed and how it should be funded. It sets out plans for an inclusive system, starting with improved mainstream provision that offers early and accurate identification of needs, high-quality teaching, and prompt access to targeted support.

An inclusive system will also ensure that children and young people have timely access to specialist services and support, including specialist placements where this is appropriate. This will be underpinned by strong co-production with families and accountability at every level, and improved data collection to give a timely picture of how the system is performing.

A single national SEND and alternative provision system

The review concludes that there is a need for much greater consistency in how needs are identified and supported, so decisions are made based on a child or young person’s needs in co-production with families, not where they live or the setting they attend.

We propose to:

  • establish a new national SEND and alternative provision system setting nationally consistent standards for how needs are identified and met at every stage of a child’s journey across education, health and care - parents and carers will be confident that their child’s needs will be met effectively in the most appropriate local setting, they will be clear about what support their child is receiving and will be engaged in decision-making at every stage
  • create new local SEND partnerships bringing together education, health and care partners with local government to produce a local inclusion plan setting out how each area will meet the national standards - when specialist support is needed, the local inclusion plan will set out the provision that is available within the local area, including units within mainstream, alternative and specialist provision
  • support parents and carers to express an informed preference for a suitable placement by providing a tailored list of settings, including mainstream, specialist and independent - they will continue to have the right to request a mainstream setting for their child
  • introduce a standardised and digitised EHCP process and template to minimise bureaucracy and deliver consistency
  • streamline the redress process to make it easier to resolve disputes earlier, including through mandatory mediation, whilst retaining the tribunal for the most challenging cases

Excellent provision from early years to adulthood

The review has heard that we need a more inclusive education system to ensure that children and young people with SEND are set up to thrive.

We will:

  • increase the total investment in the schools’ budget, with an additional £1 billion in 2022 to 2023 to support children and young people with the most complex needs
  • improve mainstream provision, building on the ambitious schools white paper reforms, through excellent teacher training and development and a ‘what works’ evidence programme to identify and share best practice including in early intervention
  • build expertise and leadership, by consulting on a new SENCo national professional qualification (NPQ) for school SENCos, alongside increasing the number of staff with an accredited SENCo qualification in early years settings
  • invest £2.6 billion, over the next 3 years, to deliver new places and improve existing provision for children and young people with SEND or who require alternative provision
  • deliver more new special and alternative provision free schools in addition to 60 already in the pipeline
  • set out a clear timeline that, by 2030, all children and young people will benefit from being taught in a family of schools, with their school, including special and alternative provision in a strong trust or with plans to join or form one, sharing expertise and resource to improve outcomes
  • commission analysis to better understand the support that children and young people with SEND need from the health workforce so that there is a clear focus on SEND in health workforce planning
  • fund more than 10,000 additional respite placements and invest £82 million in a network of family hubs so more children, young people and their families can access wraparound support
  • invest £18 million, over the next 3 years to build capacity in the supported internships programme
  • improve transition at further education by introducing common transfer files alongside piloting the roll out of adjustment passports to ensure young people with SEND are prepared for employment and higher education

A reformed and integrated role for alternative provision

At their best, alternative provision schools are experts in supporting children and young people whose behaviour or other needs can present a barrier to learning. But, too often the role of alternative provision is unclear, and it is used too late or in a way that is not best focused on children’s needs.

To address these barriers, we propose to:

  • make alternative provision an integral part of local SEND systems by requiring the new SEND partnerships to plan and deliver an alternative provision service focused on early intervention
  • give alternative provision schools the funding stability to deliver a service focused on early intervention by requiring local authorities to create and distribute an alternative provision specific budget
  • develop a bespoke performance framework for alternative provision which sets robust standards focused on progress, re-integration into mainstream education or sustainable post-16 destinations
  • deliver greater oversight and transparency on children and young people’s movements into and out of alternative provision
  • launch a call for evidence, before the summer, on the use of unregistered provision to investigate existing practice

System roles, accountabilities and funding reform

The review has heard the need to align system incentives and accountabilities to reduce perverse behaviours that drive poor outcomes and high costs in the current system.

We propose to:

  • deliver clarity on roles and responsibilities for all partners, across education, health, care and local government through the new national standards - with aligned accountabilities, so everyone has the right incentives and levers to do their role and be held to account
  • equip the Department for Education’s new regions group to take responsibility for holding local authorities and trusts to account for delivering for children and young people with SEND locally through new funding agreements between local government and the Department for Education
  • introduce a new inclusion dashboard for 0 to 25 provision giving a timely, transparent picture of how the system is performing at a local and national level across education, health and care
  • work with Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission to deliver an updated local area SEND inspection framework with a focus on arrangements and experiences of children and young people with SEND and in alternative provision
  • deliver funding reform through the introduction of a new national framework of banding and price tariffs for funding, matched to levels of need and types of education provision set out in the new national standards - providers will have clarity on how much funding they should expect to receive for delivering support or a service, whilst ensuring the right pricing structures are in place, helping to control high costs attributed to expensive provision.

Delivering change for children and families

The publication of the green paper marks the start of a 13-week consultation process, closing on 1 July 2022. We encourage everyone to reflect on the proposals in the green paper and respond to our consultation. Alongside the written consultation will be a series of events to gather additional views and contribute to the overall consultation.

We know that there are immediate changes that can be made now to help stabilise the current system. We are taking immediate steps to stabilise local SEND systems through the safety valve and delivering better value programmes. The proposals set out in the green paper will align with wider reforms around levelling up, including policy set out in the recent schools white paper, as well as the forthcoming independent review of children’s social care and wider reforms to the delivery landscape across health and care.

Later this year, following the completion of the consultation, we will publish a national SEND delivery plan, setting out the government’s response to the consultation and how the proposals will be implemented. Together, we can ensure every child and young person with SEND and those in alternative provision can thrive and be well prepared for adult life.

Find out more about the SEND review.

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Ways to get involved

You can read the full version of the SEND and AP Green Paper here.

You can also download the accessible guides of the SEND and AP Green Paper here:

You can share your views on the proposals for the SEND and Alternative Provision system by Friday 22 July 2022.

Why your views matter

The government is committed to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND and those in alternative provision. We want to work with children, young people, parents, carers and those who advocate and work with them, as well as local and national system leaders, to achieve this ambition.

We encourage you to reflect on the proposals set out in this green paper and respond to our consultation. Together, we can ensure every child and young person with SEND and those in alternative provision can thrive and be well prepared for adult life.

North Yorkshire Parent/Carer Green Paper Consultation Dates

  • 8 June at 6.00pm
  • 10 June at 1.00pm

We are inviting parents and carers from across the county to join the meetings. Please contact our Parent Carer Voice group to book your space via: 

This consultation closed on 24 June 2022.


A consultation for proposed road safety improvement scheme on Sutton lane, between Sutton in Craven and Eastburn

To improve safety we are working in partnership with Bradford Metropolitan District Council Engineers to develop a scheme of road safety improvements on Sutton Lane between the villages of Sutton in Craven and Eastburn.

Sutton Lane is a relatively narrow road without footways for much of its length and bordered by drystone walls.  Anyone following this route on foot between the villages has to walk in the road without separation from traffic.

Data shows that there has historically been very few collisions on Sutton Lane and vehicle speed are on average at or below 30mph speed limit. However, the fact that pedestrians are walking in the road it is appropriate to review the situation and identify what measures could be introduced to try to improve safety.

The constraints of Sutton Lane does mean that options are quite limited. The ideal solution for Sutton Lane is the provision of footways along its entire length to provide pedestrians with a designated space. This is only possible however with the acquisition of bordering land within both North Yorkshire and Bradford authority areas. To date it has not been possible to reach agreements for the sale of that land however, this remains as the overall objective and efforts to achieve that will continue.

In the meantime, improvements can still be made and the scheme as shown on the enclosed plan sets out proposals both Authorities would like to install, these are:

  • Pedestrians in road warning signs
    New signs to enhance the message to drivers that there are likely to be pedestrians in the road over a quarter of a mile distance.
     
  • SLOW road markings
    Installed in support the warning signs and to encourage lower speeds.
     
  • Carriageway resurfacing
    A new road surface will remove any build-up of vegetation on the road edge maximising its width for pedestrians and vehicles to pass. This will also provide a smooth and unobstructed surface for pedestrians and ideal base for the new road lining and markings. The current road surface is in need of repair so this element of the proposed scheme will delivered as a matter of course.
     
  • New centre and edge of carriageway lines
    New centre lines and an edge of carriageway lines will provide clearer definition of the vehicle lanes for drivers and pedestrians. This new lining combined with the new road surface will improve the visual aspect of the road and should encourage greater spacial awareness and sense of speed.
     
  • Extended footways
    Using the grass verge on the north side of Sutton Lane between Sycamore Grove and Knott Lane to extend the existing footway by 70 metres providing pedestrians with greater off-carriageway facilities.
     
  • New and improved street lighting
    Replacing the existing sodium bulb street lighting with new LED lighting on the West Yorkshire section of Sutton Lane to improve the illumination during dark conditions and conspicuousness of pedestrians or other vulnerable road user, such as cyclists.
     
  • Continuous street lighting illumination
    For energy saving purposes, the street lighting on the North Yorkshire section of Sutton Lane is illuminated for a set period only. This will be changed to constant illumination during the hours of darkness improving the conspicuousness of pedestrian and other vulnerable road user, such as cyclists at all times.
     
  • Traffic calming build outs
    The installation of 2 x Priority Working build outs to further reduce vehicle speeds, create a sense of place where drivers can expect pedestrians to be present. This also provides some protection for pedestrian walking the route, particularly at busier times.
     
  • New boundary signs
    The authority area boundary signs of North Yorkshire and Bradford Metropolitan District will be improved to provide a better sense of place and appearance to drivers that they are in a village environment where they should expect pedestrians and other road users.

Both Authorities are aware of the level of community concern and are keen to engage with residents and other stakeholders to receive any comments you may have about the proposals. You can submit your comments using the following email addresses;

In addition to this postal communication, a public engagement exercise is to be held at Sutton in Craven Community Centre on 21 June between 4pm and 7pm where you will be able to review the plan and speak with Council officers about the proposals or other road safety concerns you may have. 

Should the outcome of this consultation and public engagement exercise be supportive of the proposed measures, work can commence very soon after, starting with the resurfacing of the road and new road markings. It is therefore requested comments be received by 24 June 2022.

A map of Sutton Lane improvements

This consultation closed on 18 July 2022.


Building Digital UK (BDUK) is carrying out a Public Review to help identify areas in West Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire that may be suitable for future public funding for gigabit-capable broadband.

The government is on a mission to deliver lightning-fast, reliable broadband to everyone in the UK and is investing £5 billion in Project Gigabit to ensure that hard-to-reach communities are not left out. Building Digital UK (BDUK) is carrying out a public review to help identify areas in West Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire that may be suitable for future public funding for gigabit-capable broadband.

BDUK is seeking information and supporting evidence from suppliers - in relation to the presence of gigabit-capable broadband infrastructure within the project area.

They wish to hear from all relevant stakeholders - including the public, businesses, internet service providers and broadband infrastructure operators - particularly in relation to the proposed mapped eligible areas.

This public review opens on Friday 17 June at 5 pm and closes on 18 July 2022 at 5 pm.

Read more information and respond to respond to this public review.

This consultation closed on 15 May 2022.


Information to make parents aware of their right to object to the admission arrangements of a school if they consider the arrangements do not comply with the School Admissions Code.

Notice is hereby given we, being the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled primary, infant, junior and secondary schools in its area, have determined the admission arrangements for the 2023/2024 school year for admission into:

  1. the Reception Year at all primary and infant schools
  2. year 3 in all junior schools
  3. year 7 in all secondary schools
  4. year 12 in secondary schools with post-16 provision

The admission arrangements for other schools which are not community or voluntary controlled schools are determined by their respective governing bodies or academy trusts. Copies of the determined admission arrangements for these Schools and Academies are available from the individual schools.

Determination of the admission arrangements at schools maintained by the Authority were made following consultation, as set out in The School Admissions Code and relevant legislation. Copies of the determined admission arrangements are available for inspection at:

Children and Young Peoples Services, County Hall, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8AD and also on our school admissions statistics and policies page.

Any person or body can object to the admission arrangements, where they provide their name and address, by writing to the school adjudicator, except where:

  1. the objection seeks, in substance, an alteration to admission arrangements for a grammar school;
  2. the objection seeks, in substance, to remove selection from a selective Academy;
  3. the objection relates to a non-increase in admission number for a school for which the local authority is not the admissions authority;
  4. the objection relates to a non-increase in admission number for a community or voluntary controlled school, except where the objection is by the governing body of that school
  5. the objection relates to an existing agreement for the admissions arrangements of an Academy to vary from the School Admissions Code
  6. the adjudicator has, within the last 2 years, made a decision to an objection to the admission arrangements of a school or Academy, and where any new objection referred to the adjudicator raises the same or substantially the same issues in relation to those admission arrangements.

All objections must be received by the adjudicator on or before 15 May 2022, at:

Address: OSA, Bishopsgate House, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5Q

Email: osa.team@schoolsadjudicator.gov.uk

Tel: 0870 0012468

Fax: 01325 391313

Signed: Stuart Carlton 
Corporate Director, Children and Young Peoples Service

Dated: 16 February 2022

The purpose of this Notice is to make parents aware of their right to object to the admission arrangements of a school if they consider the arrangements do not comply with the School Admissions Code or the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Advice on this Notice can be obtained by writing to:

Children and Young Peoples Services, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8AD

Copies of the School Admissions Code may be downloaded free of charge from the Department for Education school admission code page.

This consultation closed on 29 July 2022.


Consultation on the establishment of targeted mainstream provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities at Caedmon College in Whitby.

Purpose of this consultation page

Following discussions with the governors and the headteacher, Caedmon College has been selected to deliver a targeted mainstream provision. We are now asking for your views on this proposal as part of the statutory process which is required before alterations of these kind are made to maintained schools.

Public meeting

There will be a virtual (online) public meeting on Thursday, 7 July 2022 at 6pm. If you wish to be part of this virtual meeting could you please let us know by providing your email address and joining instructions will be provided.

What will the targeted mainstream provision look like?

Schools have the flexibility to refine their model of delivery but in general the new provision will:

  • Provide eight full time places for six children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan and two ‘flexible’ places for children needing to access the provision for short-term assessment and support.
  • Specialise in meeting the needs of children and young people with communication and interaction.
  • Have access to a range of therapies and specialist training opportunities to ensure children are fully supported
  • Increase the opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to access mainstream education together with more specialised small group interventions and support
  • Be funded on a ‘place’ basis similar to special schools and in line with national guidance.

Background to the proposal

We have a duty to keep its special education provision under review and ensure there is the right type of provision and enough places to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

We want all children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities in North Yorkshire to;

  • have the best educational opportunities so that they achieve the best outcomes;
  • be able to attend a school or provision locally, where they can make friends and be part of their local community; and
  • make progress with learning, have good social and emotional health and be prepared for a fulfilling adult life.

We know that there are more children and young people being identified as having special educational needs in North Yorkshire and we expect this increase to continue. We need to make sure that we have the right type of education provision in the right place to meet their needs. We know that a number of our children and young people have to go to school outside North Yorkshire, and we want to avoid this wherever possible.

We have developed a strategic plan for educating children with special educational needs and/or disabilities which aims to create a better offer of provision for children and young people, improved communication, enable more local decision making, and reduce costly out of county placements. This plan was approved in September 2018 and the proposal to implement the targeted mainstreams provisions were the approved on 31 March 2020. We are now implementing the actions within it and one of these actions requires us to alter the designation to include an special educational needs unit of those schools involved.

This page explains the proposal that we are consulting on with regard to the individual school in question. You can read more about the strategic plan on the SEND specialist support and inclusion page so that you can see where this aspect of provision fits within the wide range of provisions established or being developed.  We recommend that you read this documents before responding to the survey and giving us your views on the individual proposal.

How are we consulting?

We have already carried out a consultation exercise on the SEND Strategic Plan from 18 May 2018 to 28 June 2018 and then subsequently from 6 February 2020 to 15 March 2020 on the specific issue of establishing targeted mainstream provisions. This current school organisation proposal is purely about the establishment of a targeted provision.

We are asking you to give your views on the school organisation proposals. If you would like a paper copy of the survey or an alternative format, please call our customer service centre on 01609 780 780

What is the timescale?

The closing date for responses is 29 July 2022. All responses to the consultation received by this date will be considered by our executive on 20 September 2022. If the executive decides to proceed with the proposal, then statutory notices would be published in the local press on 29 September 2022. These notices provide a further four weeks for representations to be made. A final decision would then be made by the executive on 8 November 2022.

Information about our equalities impact assessment

We have carried out an equalities impact assessment. We will update this following comments received during the consultation and councillors will consider it again before they make a decision on implementing the proposal. The equalities impact assessment has identified that there will be an impact on young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and if changes are made to current special educational needs and/or disabilities education services, we will offer support to families to adapt to those changes.

We anticipate that, if the proposal is implemented, it may bring positive impacts to young people and their families, particularly by enabling more young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities to be educated in their own community and achieve better outcomes.  We anticipate that with more local provision children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities will have more opportunities to attend a local school that is closer to home and will help them achieve better educational and social outcomes.

This consultation closed on 4 July 2022.


This page contains information on the background of the proposals. There will be a public meeting on:

Wednesday 15 June 2022 at 6pm at Woodfield Community Primary School.

Background

Woodfield Community Primary School School is subject to a Directive Academy Order following an Inadequate Ofsted judgement from an inspection in January 2020. Any maintained school that is judged inadequate by Ofsted is required to become a sponsored academy or, if an academy sponsor cannot be found, a school judged inadequate usually has to close. The Regional Schools Commissioner has been unable to secure an Academy Trust to sponsor Woodfield school due to viability concerns. Where a school would not be viable as an academy, it is expected the Local Authority (LA) will close the school and the Secretary of State can direct them to do so if necessary.

Since January 2020, there have been considerable changes in staffing at Woodfield School. The current acting executive headteacher took up leadership at the start of the summer term 2020. Monitoring visits by Ofsted to Woodfield School in June and November 2021 found that leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures and the Local Authority’s statement of action and the school’s action plan are both fit for purpose. While it is important to recognise the efforts of all those who have been involved in this improvement journey, the current arrangements can only be temporary and the absence of an academy sponsor means the school faces an uncertain future.

The Governing Bodies of Woodfield Community Primary and Grove Road Community Primary explored with Local Authority officers combining the two schools in order to share the benefit of both school sites. The move would have meant Woodfield School would technically close and become part of Grove Road from September 2022. An extensive consultation process was undertaken involving public meetings and gathering the views of parents and the local community during December and January. After careful consideration Grove Road Community Primary School decided in March, with regret, to withdraw its support for the amalgamation. In light of this, the County Council’s Executive decided to reject the amalgamation proposal at its meeting on 19 April 2022.

Following this, the Governing Body of Woodfield Community Primary School has looked again at what options are available for the school, and concluded that they have now exhausted all options. They have therefore had to request that the County Council undertake a consultation on a proposal that the school should close.

Pupil Numbers

Total pupil numbers have been reducing over time:

Year

Total roll

2017/18

141

2018/19

89

2019/20

80

2020/21

50

2021/22 (October)

49

As at 12 May 2022 there were 37 pupils of mainstream school age at Woodfield Community Primary School. Current pupil numbers in each year group (as at 12 May) are set out below.

Year group 2021-22

Woodfield School

Reception

4

Year 1

1

Year 2

7

Year 3

2

Year 4

8

Year 5

4

Year 6

11

Total

37

The school also offers nursery provision for children aged 3 and 4, and there are nine children in nursery.

There are currently 150 primary school places available at Woodfield School. Given current forecasts, including the potential demand from new housing in the catchment areas, and patterns of parental preference, there would appear to be sufficient primary places available in the local area. Birth rates in the local area are falling and only one of the several schools within a reasonable distance from Woodfield is oversubscribed for entry into the Reception year in September 2022.

Pupils living in the Woodfield catchment area already attend a wide variety of primary schools. Based on the October 2021 census data 351 primary aged pupils lived in the catchment area and attended a North Yorkshire primary school. However 339 of those, so 96 %, were attending a school other than Woodfield Primary.

Further pupil forecast data is presented separately as part of this consultation.

The Financial Position

Pupil numbers determine the level of funding that a school receives. Woodfield School has projected in-year budget deficits of £96.8k in the financial year 2021/22, £66.3k in 2022/23 and £86.8k in 2023/24, and a forecast cumulative budget deficit of £75.8k in 2021/22, £142.1k in 2022/23, and £228.9k in 2023/24. These figures were based on a projected pupil number of 42 in October 2022, so the position is now expected to be worse.

The Proposal

It is proposed to close Woodfield Community Primary School from 31 December 2022.

If Woodfield Community Primary School closed, the catchment area of an existing school or schools would need to be extended to include the area currently served by Woodfield Community Primary School. Options for consideration include:

  • the whole of the current Woodfield School catchment area to become part of the catchment area for Grove Road Primary School
  • the whole of the current Woodfield School catchment area to become part of the catchment area for Bilton Grange Primary School
  • some form of shared or split arrangement involving both Grove Road and Bilton Grange Schools.

The Local Authority would welcome any feedback during the consultation period on these options and any alternatives to them.

Admissions

For parents of pupils currently attending Woodfield Community Primary School, an admissions preference exercise will be undertaken. Through this exercise, parents/carers will be asked to apply for the preferred school(s) that they would like their child to transfer to in the event of closure, or earlier if that is their wish. Once the full picture of all preferences is known, the Local Authority will liaise with the schools regarding potential allocations, and seek to meet the highest stated preferences wherever possible. The overall intention will be to ensure fairness around the school transfer process in the event that a decision is ultimately taken to close the School. It will allow the Local Authority to apply consideration of admissions criteria to each request and avoid first come first served. Applying this co-ordinated preference exercise approach will achieve that, provide parents/carers with the support that has been requested, and reduce the period of uncertainty for families.

North Yorkshire County Council’s Admissions Team is always happy to give advice to parents, please contact schooladmissions@northyorks.gov.uk.

Local schools

Other primary schools in the local area are:

  • Bilton Grange Primary School (Academy - part of Yorkshire Collaborative Academy Trust), Bilton Lane, Harrogate, HG1 3BA. 
  • Coppice Valley Primary School (Academy - part of Red Kite Learning Trust), Knapping Hill, Harrogate, HG1 2DN. 
  • Grove Road Community Primary School, Grove Road, Harrogate, HG1 5EP. 
  • New Park Primary Academy (part of Northern Star Academies Trust), Skipton Road, Harrogate, HG1 3HF. 
  • Richard Taylor Church of England Primary School (Academy - part of Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust), Bilton Lane, Harrogate, HG1 3DT. 
  • St Robert's Catholic Primary School, A Voluntary Academy (part of the Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust), Ainsty Road, Harrogate, HG1 4AP. 
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Harrogate, A Voluntary Academy (part of the Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust), Coppice Rise, Harrogate, HG1 2DP. 
  • St Peter's Church of England Primary School (Academy - part of Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust), Belford Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1JA. 
  • Saltergate Infant School (Community infant school), Newby Crescent, Harrogate, HG3 2TT. 
  • Saltergate Community Junior School, Newby Crescent, Harrogate, HG3 2TT.  
  • Starbeck Primary Academy (part of Northern Star Academies Trust), High Street, Starbeck, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 7LL. 
  • Willow Tree Community Primary School (Academy - part of Northern Star Academies Trust), Wetherby Road, Harrogate, HG2 7SG. 

Further information about these schools can be found here: Get Information about Schools on the GOV.UK website.

Staff

The County Council is the employer for staff at Woodfield Community Primary School and the Governing Body will seek to protect employment as far as possible for staff currently employed at Woodfield. A separate HR consultation process for staff and their professional associations will follow.

The school premises

The County Council owns the school site, which also accommodates Bilton and Woodfield Community Library, Harrogate Bilton Children and Family Hub, and Oak Beck House. Decisions about the future use of the school premises will be taken after the closure proposal has been determined.

What Happens Next?

All responses to the consultation received by this date will be considered by our Executive committee on 19 July 2022.

If our Executive decides to proceed, then statutory proposals would be published on 8 September on our website, and statutory notices placed in the local press and on the school gates. These statutory proposals would provide a further four weeks for representations to be made. A final decision would then be made on 18 October 2022 by our Executive (or by the Executive Member for Education and Skills, if there were no objections to statutory proposals). If agreed, the school would close from 31 December 2022.

Anticipated key dates

All dates are subject to approvals at each stage.

Event Date
Consultation opens 6 June 2022
Public meeting Wednesday 15 June at 6 pm at Woodfield Community Primary School
Consultation closes 4 July 2022
County Council’s Executive considers consultation responses 19 July 2022
Statutory Proposals published (4 weeks for representations to be made) 8 September to 6 October 2022
Final decision by County Council’s Executive (or the Executive Member for Education and Skills, if there are no objections to the statutory proposals) 18 October 2022
Closure date (subject to earlier decision making) 31 December 2022

Related documents

    This consultation closed on 29 April 2022.


    Statutory Notice

    Notice is given in accordance with section 15(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AE, intends to discontinue Weaverthorpe Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School, Weaverthorpe, Malton, YO17 8ES on 31 August 2022.

    The proposal also includes revised school catchment area arrangements that would apply, in the event of closure, from 1 September 2022.

    Copies of the complete proposal can be obtained from: Corporate Director - Children and Young People's Service, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AE

    You can also read the complete proposal online.

    Within four weeks from the date of publication of this proposal, any person may object to or make comments on the proposal by sending them to:

    Corporate Director - Children and Young People's Service,
    North Yorkshire County Council,
    County Hall, Northallerton,
    DL7 8AE

    This should be done by 5pm on 29 April 2022.

    Signed: B.Khan - Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services)

    Publication Date: 1 April 2022

    Supporting documents

    Weaverthorpe Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School - Statutory Proposals

    Weaverthorpe Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School - Consultation Document

    Weaverthorpe Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School - List of consultees

    Weaverthorpe Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School - Note of consultation meeting

    Weaverthorpe Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School - Responses

    Weaverthorpe Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School - FAQs

    Weaverthorpe Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School - Map of local area

    Weaverthorpe Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School - Other schools capacity and forecast

    This consultation closed on Sunday 12 June


    As the Lead Local Flood Authority, we have  produced a Local Flood Risk Strategy for 2022-2027. The strategy identities how it will support people, communities and businesses to become more resilient and better protected from flooding.

    Public consultation on the strategy will run from the 13 May 2022 until Sunday 12 June 2022.

    To provide any comments, ideas or feedback on the Local Flood Risk Strategy you can respond by completing the online survey.

    Have your say here

    If you require assistance in accessing the Local Flood Risk Strategy or the response form, please get in touch with us via email floodriskmanagement@northyorks.gov.uk, or call 01609 780780 and ask for Mark Henderson.

    A paper version of the survey is available on request from our customer service centre by calling 01609 780780.

    Local Flood Risk Strategy for 2022-2027

    This consultation closed on 28 March 2022.


    We are inviting you to tell us about your experiences and satisfaction with the service you receive from your local pharmacy.

    We want to know if you have easy access to a pharmacy, is it open at the time of day you need, and does it have all the services you need. 

    The information gathered from your answers will contribute to the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), which is used to help make decisions about where pharmacies need to be located, their opening hours, and the services they need to provide.

    Your say important to us so please spare a few minutes to complete this questionnaire.

    The closing date for the survey is 28 March 2022.

    If you would like more information about the questionnaire or have questions on how to complete the questionnaire, please email HASBusinessSupportCH@northyorks.gov.uk. This questionnaire is available in an easy read format upon request.

    Frequently asked questions

    What is a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Survey?

    A Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) looks at the health needs of the population of North Yorkshire, the level and accessibility of pharmacy services, and how these will be maintained and developed in the future. The information gathered from the survey will influence decisions on where to site pharmacies, their opening hours, and services provided.

    The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is a statutory report, required by each local Health and Wellbeing Board, and is to be completed every three years.

    Who will see the survey answers?

    The questionnaire is anonymous and any information you give will not be linked to you. The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential and in line with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The information will be held securely and used for the purpose of planning appropriate services for all communities.

    This consultation closed on 28 March 2022.


    With your help, the survey will review the current pharmaceutical services available in York and North Yorkshire and assess whether they are sufficient to meet the current and emerging needs of the population. This report will help to shape recommendations for the development of pharmaceutical services across York and North Yorkshire.

    Your input is important to us so please spare a few minutes to complete this questionnaire.

    Pharmacies

    We recognise that some pharmacies are part of a wider organisation. In these instances, we would encourage a representative from each pharmacy branch to respond separately. This is intended to give a richer perspective of pharmacies across the city.

    Providers of Health and Social Care Services

    We recognise that some organisations have multiple roles and may find it difficult to give a single organisational perspective in this survey. In these instances, we would encourage the organisation to nominate multiple responses to give a service wide perspective.

    The closing date for the survey is 28 March 2022.

    If you would like more information about the questionnaire or have questions on how to complete the questionnaire, please email HASBusinessSupportCH@northyorks.gov.uk. This questionnaire is available in an easy read format upon request.

    The report will be presented to the Health and Wellbeing Boards and published online in October 2022.

    Frequently asked questions

    What is a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Survey?

    A Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) looks at the health needs of the population of North Yorkshire, the level and accessibility of pharmacy services, and how these will be maintained and developed in the future. The information gathered from the survey will influence decisions on where to site pharmacies, their opening hours, and services provided.

    The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment assessment is a statutory report, required by each local Health and Wellbeing Board, and is to be completed every three years.

    Do all pharmacies need to to complete the survey?

    All pharmacies operating within the postal code areas of North Yorkshire and the City of York are encouraged to complete the survey.

    Who will see the survey answers?

    The questionnaire is anonymous and any information you give will not be linked to you. The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential and in line with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The information will be held securely and used for the purpose of planning appropriate services for all communities.

    This consultation closed on 25 March 2022.


    Summary

    We are proposing to phase out the residential offer at Brompton Hall School. Residential provision would be phased out, ceasing completely by September 2024. In addition,we wish to change the designation of the school from single sex, boys, to co-educational.

    To do this, we would like to consult with all stakeholders who may be affected by the proposed changes. 

    We are keen to hear what you think of the proposal to cease the residential offer at Brompton Hall School and to change the designation of the school from single sex, boys, to co-educational. Residential provision would be phased out, ceasing completely by September 2024.

    Background

    We want all children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in North Yorkshire:

    • to have the best educational opportunities so that they achieve the best outcomes
    • to be able to attend a school or provision locally, as close to their home as possible, where they can make friends and be part of their local community
    • to make progress with learning, have good social and emotional health, and to prepare them for a fulfilling adult life

    The local authority has a statutory responsibility under the Children and Families Act 2014 to keep its special educational provision under review, to ensure sufficiency in placements to meet the needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Under the same act the local authority also has responsibility for ensuring that the needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are suitably assessed and that needs are met.

    The current residential offer at Brompton Hall School is for boys aged 8 to 16 who have Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) needs and identified social care needs. Residential placement is available Monday to Friday (4 nights) during term times.

    The criteria for assessing a young person’s need for residential provision was updated and agreed in 2017. Our vision is for children and young people to live in a family environment wherever possible. Since 2017 the numbers of young people entering into the residential provision at Brompton Hall have been declining. It is forecast that this will make the current residential offer unviable for the school in the next 3 years. 

    Benefits of the proposal for ceasing residential provision and changing the school’s designation from single sex, boys, to co-educational.

    The advantages that such an offer aims to bring are:

    • for young people with Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) needs to grow up in a family environment
    • for more young people with Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) needs to be able to access day and extended day places at a school close to their families and communities
    • for there to be a maintained local offer for day and extended day placements for girls and those who identify as non-binary with Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) needs in the Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale area
    • the number of day places can be increased and the provision offered by the school remains financially viable

    Please tell us your views

    Before any changes are made to the residential offer at Brompton Hall School, we are keen to consult with any stakeholders who may be affected by the proposed changes. It is important to us that we gather and listen to feedback about the proposal and ensure all considerations have been taken into account. In undertaking this consultation, we are required to follow good practice guidance.

    We are keen to hear your comments and feedback on the proposal to cease the residential offer at Brompton Hall School and change the designation of the school from single sex, boys, to co-educational. No new residential placements would be made from September 2023 and current provision would be phased out, ceasing completely by September 2024. Any member of the public and interested organisations can comment on the proposal.

    We have tried to ensure giving feedback is as easy as possible by a range of different methods as follows:

    Paper copies and easy read copies of the survey available on request.

    Stakeholder events with Local Authority officers:

    • 15 February, 6pm to 8pm: Parents of Brompton Hall pupils
    • 17 February, 6pm to 8pm: Professionals
    • 28 February, 2pm to 4pm: Parents of Brompton Hall pupils
    • 3rd March, 6pm to 8pm: Parents and professionals
    • 4th March, 10am to 12noon: Parents of Brompton Hall pupils
    • 9th March, 2pm to 4pm: Professionals
    • 15th March, 6pm to 8pm: Parents and professionals

    Sign up to a stakeholder event here.

    Please note we will not be able to offer an individual response to your feedback.

    You can request a hard copy of the survey by emailing SEND@northyorks.gov.uk or by writing to:

    Central Admin Team
    North Yorkshire County Council
    County Hall
    Northallerton
    North Yorkshire
    DL7 8AE

    If you would like the information on this page and the survey in a different format, please email SEND@northyorks.gov.uk or write to the address above.

    If you want this information in another language you can find more information here, or email SEND@northyorks.gov.uk.

    Deadline for your Feedback

    The consultation is open from 7 February 2022 and ends at midnight on 25 March 2022. We will not be able to consider feedback after this date.

    After the consultation closes

    At the end of the consultation period we will review the feedback and produce a summary report showing the themes, issues raised and recommendations which will be reviewed by the County Council Executive before any decision is made. Responses from individuals will be anonymised.

    A summary of the consultation responses and next steps will be available to view on this website.

    Please contact us using one of the methods outlined above to request details as hard copies.

    Frequently asked questions

    What is this consultation about?

    This consultation is about our proposal to cease the residential offer at Brompton Hall School. Residential provision would be phased out, ceasing completely by September 2024. We are also proposing that the designation of Brompton Hall School is changed from singles sex, boys, to co-educational.

    Why do we need to cease the residential offer at Brompton Hall School?

    The current residential offer at Brompton Hall School is for young people aged 8 to 16 who have Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) needs and identified social care needs. Our vision is for children and young people to grow up in a family environment wherever possible. Over recent years the number of boys placed residentially at the school has dropped and is forecast to continue to reduce. It is forecast that the current residential offer will become unviable for the school as the numbers reduce.

    Why do we need to change the designation of Brompton Hall School?

    The current designation of the school is single sex, boys. This means that girls, and those who identify as binary, who have Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) needs and live in the Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale area do not have an option of a special school close to their community. 

    What difference will the proposed changes make to young people who attend Brompton Hall School? 

    Residential placements for those pupils who currently have one will continue until September 2024. This will enable the majority of young people to natural reach the end of their time at the school in year 11 and move on. Our services and the school will work together to ensure that the most appropriate support is put in place for young people to transition to new arrangements based on their individual circumstances. 

    It is also expected that more pupils will be able to attend the school in future years.

    The school would no longer be single sex, boys but would also admit girls and those who identify as non-binary.

    How will you consult with stakeholders and when?

    The consultation will start on 7 February 2022 and ends on 25 March 2022. Every effort will be made to ensure stakeholders have the opportunity to find out about the proposal and give feedback. We are making contact with known networks and those who represent stakeholders to provide relevant information and offer a full briefing if required. The consultation is for 7 weeks to give stakeholders the opportunity to comment and share their views.

    How will ceasing the residential offer improve Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services for people who use them? 

    • More young people with Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) needs grow up in a family environment.
    • More young people with Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) needs will be able to access day and extended day places at a school close to their families and communities.
    • The viability of the school will be improved.
    • Girls will have a local special school offer which does not currently exist.

    How will changing the designation of Brompton Hall school from single sex, boys, to co-educational improve Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services for people who use them? 

    There will be a maintained local offer for day and extended day placements for girls and those who identify as non-binary with Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) needs in the Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale area.

    What are the next steps?

    Consultation responses and feedback will be collated and reviewed by us at the end of the consultation period. A summary report showing the themes and issues raised will be published on this website. Recommendations will then be made to Executive Members for approval.

    This consultation closed on 31 March 2022.


    Amalgamation of Harrogate, Grove Road Community Primary School and Woodfield Community Primary School, through the technical closure of Woodfield Community Primary School as a separate entity, and the enlargement of premises of Grove Road Community Primary School by expansion onto the Woodfield site.

    Part 1 – Woodfield Community Primary School – Discontinuance

    Notice is given in accordance with section 15(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD, intends to discontinue Woodfield Community Primary School, Woodfield Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4HZ on 31 August 2022.

    Part 2 – Grove Road Community Primary School – Enlargement of premises by expansion onto an additional site

    Notice is given in accordance with section 19(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD, intends to enlarge Harrogate, Grove Road Community Primary School, Grove Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5EP from 1 September 2022, by expansion onto an additional site, using the site of Woodfield Community Primary School, Woodfield Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4HZ.

    The current capacity of Grove Road Community Primary School is 280 and the proposed capacity will be 350. The current number of pupils registered at the school is 292. The current admission number for the school is 40 and the proposed admission number will be 50. The current age range of the school is 3-11 and the proposed age range will be 3-11.

    The proposals contained in parts one and two of this notice are all related.

    Copies of the complete proposals can be obtained from: Strategic Planning - Children and Young People's Service, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD and are available below.

    Within four weeks from the date of publication of these proposals in parts one and two, any person may object to or make comments on the proposal by sending them to Strategic Planning - Children and Young People's Service, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD, or emailing schoolorganisation@northyorks.gov.uk by 5pm on 31 March 2022.

    Signed: B. Khan
    Assistant Chief Executive
    Legal and Democratic
    Services)
    Publication Date: 3 March 2022

    Supporting documents 

     Statutory proposals with appendices (pdf / 876 KB)

    This consultation closed on 1 April 2022.


    During 2021 Hope Sentamu Learning Trust, supported by the Department for Education, proposed the closure of Baldersby St James Primary School. In late January 2022 the Secretary of State confirmed that the School will close in August 2022.

    A listening period was conducted by Hope Sentamu Learning Trust in the Autumn. During this period we confirmed that in the event of closure we would consult on changing the local catchment area arrangements that would apply from September 2022 so that:

    • the northern part of the Baldersby St James catchment area (Baldersby Civil Parish) including Baldersby village should become part of the catchment area for Carlton Miniott Primary Academy
    • the southern part of the Baldersby St James catchment area (Rainton with Newby Civil Parish) including Rainton village should become part of the catchment area for both Dishforth CE Primary School and Topcliffe CE Academy

    Map of the current catchment areas of Baldersby St James Church of England Primary School

    Please contact us for this information in another format.

    "local catchment areas of Baldersby"

    Map of the proposed catchment areas of Baldersby St James Church of England Primary School

    Please contact us for this information in another format.

    "proposed catchment areas of Baldersby"

    A report containing information on local school capacity and pupil numbers was presented to the Council’s Executive in October 2021.

    We are the admissions authority for Dishforth CE Primary School, but Carlton Miniott and Topcliffe schools are their own admission authorities under Elevate Multi Academy Trust. This is therefore a joint consultation for both us and the Elevate Trust.

    Having considered the consultation responses, we and the Trust will then each follow their own required process to vary the admission arrangements from September 2022. We will apply to the Schools Adjudicator for final approval, and the Trust will apply to the Secretary of State.

    We would welcome your view on the proposals by the closing date of 5pm on 1 April 2022. In your response, please confirm whether you agree with the proposals and provide any additional comments.

    This consultation closed on 3 February 2022.


    We wish to put in place a formal partnership (referred to as a “Section 75 Partnership Agreement”) with York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to work collaboratively to deliver the fully integrated Sexual Health Service responsibility on behalf of us.

    This partnership agreement will delegate sexual health services to York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    The NHS and Local Authorities Partnership Arrangements Regulations 2000 stipulate that “the partners may not enter into any partnership agreements [under Section 75 (S75) of the NHS Act 2006] unless they have consulted jointly such persons as appear to them to be affected by such arrangements”.

    The partners consider the integrated sexual health S75 benefits residents of North Yorkshire. The draft S75 is proposed to commence on 1 April 2022.

    The draft S75 Agreement is for 10 years, broken down as follows: initial term of 4 years (1 April 2022 – 31 March 2026), with two option to extend for further periods of 3 years.

    Local Authorities are mandated nationally to provide sexual health services, funded through the Public Health Grant for their local area.

    The key areas of service are: 

    • sexual health promotion and information
    • full range of contraceptive services
    • sexually Transmitted Infections (including HIV) services
    • clinical and Community Outreach Service (under 25’s and those of greatest need)
    • sexual Health Counselling and Wellbeing Support Service for HIV
    • training

    We as well as York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have undertaken two public consultations to date regarding the delivery of the integrated specialist sexual health service.

    The first was a 30 day consultation between September and October 2019 that sought feedback on whether to enter in to the formal Section 75 agreement with York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The responses to this initial public consultation were resoundingly in favour of entering in to this agreement (38 in favour, 1 against).

    The second public consultation was a 60 day consultation that took place between 4 August 2021 and 4 October 2021. This consultation asked stakeholders to feedback on proposed changes to the delivery of the Integrated Sexual Health service. In addition to the online survey, there were also two workshops held for professionals working in the wider Sexual Health system in North Yorkshire. The consultation received positive responses, with some of the headline figures being:

    • 83% of respondents support additional online and virtual support within the sexual health service, to complement face to face delivery.
    • 87% of respondents support a personalised offer to STI testing based on an individual’s level of risk and history
    • 93% were in support of a coordinated approach between the sexual health counselling and HIV support services
    • 89% of respondents support a more responsive joined up clinical and community approach, engaging with those at greater levels of risk or need in relation to sexual and reproductive health. 

    We and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are now jointly consulting on entering into and the content of the proposed collaborative arrangement via the Section 75 agreement. This is a 30-day consultation beginning on 4 January 2022 and ending on 3 February 2022.

    For any questions about this consultation please email nypublichealth@northyorks.gov.uk

    A  full version of the Section 75 agreement (including all schedules) (pdf / 3 MB) between us and York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust  is available as well as a summary report of the previous 60 day consultation in to the proposed changes to the delivery of the Integrated Sexual Health service.

    You can tell us your views in the following ways:

    Please do not include any personal identifiable information in any of your answers that could identify yourself or another individual. 

    An easy read version of this survey is available on request.

    If you would like to request any paper copies of the survey, or require information about the consultation in a different language or a more accessible format please contact nypublichealth@northyorks.gov.uk or call our customer service centre on 01609 780780.

    You can also send your views on the proposals by email to nypublichealth@northyorks.gov.uk.

    Or write to us at:

    Sexual Health Service Consultation,
    Central Admin Team,
    North Yorkshire County Council,
    County Hall,
    Northallerton,
    North Yorkshire,
    DL7 8AE

    This consultation closed on Monday 17 January.


    As part of our annual budget consultation we’re inviting people to have their say on our council plan priorities, setting council tax for next year and our longer term plans.

    Alternative formats are available on request by contacting our customer service team.

    Deadline for comments

    Take part by Monday 17 January to make sure your comments are included when the budget is discussed at the full council meeting at the end of January.

    This is the last year of the County Council before local government reorganisation leads to the merger of the county and seven district and borough councils in to a single new authority. Our approach in this final year is still as ambitious for our residents as ever, and we are committed to ensuring strong foundations for the new organisation.

    However, our services and those of the new council are facing considerable challenges. The coming years will provide a tough fiscal climate of post Covid-19 financial recovery and unprecedented service demand pressures. This is particularly acute in children’s services, adult social care and care markets, with demand further compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    We are currently developing our Council Plan and budget and want your views on our ambitions, priorities and budget.

    Council plan

    The council plan sets out our priorities and actions for the next year. It includes our vision and values, our key ambitions and explains how we intend to deliver services that meet the needs of people in North Yorkshire.

    To achieve this, the plan identifies five key ambitions:

    Ambitions

    Supporting Outcomes

    Leading for North Yorkshire

    A confident North Yorkshire championing the case for a fairer share of resources for our communities.

    Working with partners and local communities to improve health and economic outcomes for North Yorkshire.

    Reducing the causes and impacts of climate change, now and for future generations

    Resilient, resourceful and confident communities co-producing with the County Council.

    Every child and young person has the best possible start in life

    A Safe Life: protected and free from harm

    A happy family life: Strong families and vibrant communities

    A healthy life: Safe and healthy lifestyles

    Achieving: High aspirations, opportunities & achievements.

    Every adult has a longer, healthier and independent life

    People are safe, with individuals, organisations and communities all playing a part in preventing, identifying and reporting neglect or abuse. 

    People have control and choice in relation to their health, independence and social care support. 

    People can access good public health services and social care across our different communities.

    North Yorkshire is a place with a strong economy & a commitment to sustainable growth

    A larger business base and increased number of good quality jobs in North Yorkshire.

    People across the county have equal access to economic opportunities

    Increased overall average median wage

    Innovative and forward thinking Council

    Easy and effective access to County Council services.

    Challenging ourselves to change, innovate and deliver value for money support services to improve the customer experience.

    A motivated and agile workforce working efficiently and effectively to drive innovation.

    Operating on a commercial basis, where this is prudent and appropriate, to deliver a return which supports service delivery to those most in need.

    See the full council plan here.

    We are currently refreshing our council plan for 2022 to 2023.

    Budget

    This remains a time of considerable financial pressure and uncertainty for the county council with factors such as the ongoing effects of the Covid pandemic; demand pressure, particularly in social care; major issues around workforce; and inflation all contributing to a challenging financial environment. 

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer in his autumn statement made some recognition of this with new grant funding for local authorities. The detail of how this grant will be allocated to councils has not yet been released but we estimate this might give us an additional £10 million in 2022/23.

    This is clearly welcome but just to put this in context we forecast that our cost base (including prices, pay and the increase in employer’s National Insurance rate) will cost us over £19m next year which clearly outstrips this additional funding.

    In addition we are seeing exceptional cost pressure around social care placements with an average residential placement for an older person already costing £39,100 per year (up from £31500 In 2018).      

    Demand is also rising, particularly in areas like services for children and older people. For example, around 1,500 new adult social care packages will be purchased this year and the number of Education Health and Care Plans has more than doubled in the last five years.

    At last year’s budget we estimated that there would be a recurring (ie in every year thereafter) budget gap of just over £18m up until 2023/24. Our latest projections now estimate that this gap, despite the additional funding referred to above, has now increased to over £22m and is likely to deteriorate further in future years. Local government reorganisation will impact upon these projections as a new North Yorkshire Council is created by April 2023 but these financial pressures are likely to be inherited by the new council.

    In terms of council tax the Chancellor confirmed that the general rate can be increased by up to 2% and adult social care can be supported with a further 1% increase in council tax, known as the social care precept. In addition, we have permission to apply up to an additional 1.5% of social care precept ‘carried over’ from the current year but, if not used this year, then that additional flexibility is lost.

    In short, this means we could increase council tax by between 0 and 4.5% without triggering the need for a local referendum. To put this in context a 1% increase raises around £3.3m. A 4.5% increase would make the biggest savings reduction (down to £13m) but savings are still estimated to be required under all options. A key part of this consultation will be to gauge your opinion on the appropriate level of council tax uplift.

    This consultation closed on 28 January 2022.


    This would mean that Woodfield Community Primary School would become part of Grove Road Community Primary School from 1 September 2022 with both school sites remaining open. As part of the amalgamation there would need to be a technical closure of Woodfield Community Primary School as a separate entity and the enlargement of premises and expansion onto the Woodfield site of Grove Road Community Primary School.

    The Governing Bodies of both Grove Road and Woodfield schools have asked North Yorkshire County Council to carry out this consultation.

    Both Governing Bodies see this as an exciting opportunity to enhance the facilities of Grove Road School, organising sustainable education across both sites aiming for the best possible provision for all pupils, and importantly ensuring that the Woodfield site continues to be used for education of the wider community.

    In the interests of safety to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus, the in-person public meeting planned for Monday 10 January at 6.30pm at Woodfield School will now take place as a virtual (online) meeting. If you wish to be part of this virtual meeting could you please let us know by emailing schoolorganisation@northyorks.gov.uk and joining instructions will be provided.

    There will also be a virtual (on-line) public meeting on Monday 17 January 2022 at 6.30 pm. If you wish to be part of this virtual meeting could you please let us know by emailing schoolorganisation@northyorks.gov.uk and joining instructions will be provided. 

    Background

    Grove Road Community Primary School serves much of High Harrogate. The school is currently operating at capacity. Woodfield Community Primary School serves Woodfield and parts of the Bilton area of Harrogate. The school has been under-subscribed for a number of years.

    Grove Road Community Primary School was last inspected by Ofsted in June 2018 through a short inspection, which judged the school to continue to be good. This followed a more detailed inspection in 2014.

    Woodfield Community Primary School was inspected by Ofsted in January 2020, who found the overall effectiveness to be inadequate and the school became subject to special measures. Any maintained school that is judged inadequate by Ofsted is required to become a sponsored academy. The Regional Schools Commissioner has been unable to secure an Academy Trust to sponsor Woodfield School due to viability concerns. Where a school would not be viable as an academy, it is expected the local authority will close the school and that the Secretary of State can direct them to do so if necessary.

    Since January 2020, there have been considerable changes in staffing at Woodfield School. The current acting executive headteacher and acting head of school took up leadership at the start of the summer term 2020. The latest monitoring visit by Ofsted to Woodfield School in June 2021 found that leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures, and that the local authority’s statement of action and the school’s action plan were both fit for purpose. It is important to recognise the efforts of all those who have been involved in this improvement journey.

    However, the current arrangements can only be temporary and the absence of an academy sponsor means that Woodfield School faces an uncertain future. Therefore work began earlier this year to assess how education provision within the Woodfield community could be preserved. The current proposals for amalgamation have been developed by members of the school governing bodies and LA officers. The two governing bodies carefully considered the proposals before autumn half term, and both agreed to ask the County Council to start this consultation on the amalgamation of Woodfield and Grove Road Community Primary Schools.

    Pupil numbers

    As at November 2021 there are 49 pupils of mainstream school age at Woodfield Community Primary School and 292 pupils at Grove Road Community Primary School. Both schools also offer nursery provision for children aged 3 and 4. Pupil numbers in each year group (as at November 2021) are set out below.

    Year group 2021-22

    Grove Road School

    Woodfield School

    Reception

    40

    6

    Year 1

    37

    2

    Year 2

    40

    11

    Year 3

    41

    4

    Year 4

    43

    12

    Year 5

    47

    3

    Year 6

    44

    11

    Total

    292

    49

    Places for children currently attending Woodfield School would be made available through the amalgamation with Grove Road. Parents could also express a preference for any alternative school.

    As part of the amalgamation proposals, it is proposed to increase the Published Admission Number (PAN) of Grove Road Community Primary School from 40 to 50. The PAN is the number of school places that must be offered in reception each year.

    If the proposals went ahead, there would be 350 primary school places available across the two sites of the amalgamated Grove Road School. As there are currently 280 primary school places available at Grove Road, and 150 at Woodfield, this would be an overall reduction of 80 places. Given current forecasts, including the likely demand from new housing in the catchment areas, and patterns of parental preference, there would appear to be sufficient primary places available in the local area. Birth rates in the district are falling, and pupils living in the Woodfield and Grove Road catchment areas attend a wide variety of primary schools. There would be scope to increase the PAN at Grove Road School at a later date, if required and subject to consultation. 

    The financial position

    Grove Road School has produced a long-term financial forecast to explore the viability of the amalgamation proposal. This model suggests that where the PAN is set at 50, the financial position can be sustainable over the long term. This is dependent on both pupil numbers and the level of staffing and there will always be some degree of uncertainty in any school financial forecast over the longer term.

    Should the amalgamation go ahead from 31 August 2022, any deficit on the Woodfield School budget on that date would be absorbed by the County Council.

    The Proposal

    It is proposed to amalgamate Grove Road Community Primary School and Woodfield Community Primary School from 1 September 2022. As part of the amalgamation there would need to be a technical closure of Woodfield Community Primary School as a separate entity, and the enlargement of premises and expansion onto the Woodfield site of Grove Road Community Primary School. 

    If this proposal went ahead, Grove Road Community Primary School would operate as a split site school:

    • From September 2022, all Nursery children would be based at the current Woodfield site (Grove Road Nursery); all Year Reception to Year 6 pupils would be based at the current Grove Road site.
    • All families of children currently attending Woodfield school and who choose to join Grove Road Community Primary School can be accommodated at the existing Grove Road site 
    • From September 2023, all Nursery children and Reception pupils (2023 cohort) would be based at the current Woodfield site (Grove Road Early Years); all Year 1 to Year 6 pupils would be based at the Grove Road site.
    • Growth is expected to continue so that eventually Grove Road Early Years and Grove Road Key Stage 1 would be located at the current Woodfield site and Grove Road Key Stage 2 would be accommodated at the current Grove Road site.

    Some Targeted Mainstream Provision would also be based at the current Woodfield site, in addition to that already available on the Grove Road site. Targeted Mainstream Provision offers enhanced levels of specialist support over and above that usually available in mainstream schools, to provide an appropriate environment and personalised support for children and young people with SEND, who are able to access mainstream learning. 

    Additional capacity would be available on the Grove Road site for specialist provision such as Thrive (social and emotional wellbeing), science, humanities and drama.

    Both Governing Bodies see this as an exciting opportunity to enhance the facilities of Grove Road School, organising sustainable education across both sites aiming for the best possible provision for all pupils, and importantly ensuring that the Woodfield site continues to be used for education of the wider community.

    Staff

    The County Council is the employer for staff at both Grove Road Community Primary School and Woodfield Community Primary School and the Governing Bodies will seek to protect employment as far as possible for staff currently employed at Woodfield. A separate HR consultation process for staff and their professional associations will commence in the spring term and the Governing Bodies will most likely propose an internal transfer of staff from Woodfield to Grove Road, following Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) principles.

    Alternative options for Woodfield Primary School

    Any maintained school like Woodfield that has been judged inadequate by Ofsted is required to become a sponsored academy. The Regional Schools Commissioner has been unable to secure an Academy Trust to sponsor Woodfield School due to viability concerns. 

    Where the Secretary of State considers that a school would not be viable as an academy, it is expected that the local authority will close the school and the Secretary of State can direct them to do so if necessary. Any alternative proposal to close the school and cease education provision on the Woodfield school site would be consulted on separately.

    An academy order can also be revoked where a school has been re-inspected by Ofsted and judged Good or Outstanding, and the Secretary of State is satisfied that the improvement can be sustained without the support of a strong sponsor. As noted above, while Ofsted has recognised the improvements that have been made at Woodfield, the current leadership arrangements can only be temporary.

    What happens next?

    Your views about this proposal are welcomed. You can either complete and return the attached response sheet, or submit an online response.

    Paper responses should be returned to North Yorkshire County Council at the address below:

    Freepost RTKE-RKAY-CUJS,
    Grove Road and Woodfield,
    Strategic Planning,
    North Yorkshire County Council,
    County Hall,
    Northallerton,
    DL7 8AE

    Complete the survey.

    The closing date for responses is 28 January 2022.

    All responses to the consultation received by this date will be considered by the County Council’s Executive committee on 22 February 2022.

    If the County Council’s Executive decides to proceed, then statutory proposals would be published on 3 March on the County Council’s website and statutory notices placed in the local press and on the school gates. These statutory proposals would provide a further four weeks for representations to be made. A final decision would then be made in April 2022 by the County Council’s Executive (or by the Executive Member for Education and Skills, if there were no objections to statutory proposals). If agreed, the schools would amalgamate from 1 September 2022.

    Anticipated key dates

    All dates are subject to approvals at each stage.

    • Consultation opens: 2 December 2021
    • Public meetings:
      • Virtual (online) public meeting - Monday 10 January 2022 at 6:30pm online.
      • Virtual (online) public meeting - Monday 17 January 2022 at 6:30pm online.
    • Consultation closes: 28 January 2022
    • County Council’s Executive considers consultation response: 22 February 2022
    • Statutory Proposals published (4 weeks for representations to be made): 3 March – 31 March 2022
    • Final decision by County Council’s Executive (or the Executive Member for Education and Skills, if there are no objections to the statutory proposals): April 2022
    • Amalgamation takes place: 1 September 2022

    Frequently asked questions

    What does amalgamation mean?

    An amalgamation is the process of joining Grove Road Community Primary School and Woodfield Community Primary School together. It is different to a merger or federation because we are not creating a new school, or working together as two schools. Woodfield Community Primary School would become a part of Grove Road Community Primary School.

      How does this happen?

      The Woodfield school site would become part of Grove Road from 1 September 2022. This means that there would be one school (Grove Road Community Primary School) operating across two sites. As part of the amalgamation, Woodfield Community Primary (as it is now) would close and places for children currently attending Woodfield would be made available through the amalgamation with Grove Road.

        Why does it need to happen?

        Woodfield Community Primary School was judged Inadequate by Ofsted at inspection in January 2020. Any maintained school like Woodfield that has been judged inadequate by Ofsted is required to become a sponsored academy. The Regional Schools Commissioner has been unable to secure an Academy Trust to sponsor Woodfield School due to viability concerns.

        Where a school would not be viable as an academy, it is expected that the local authority will close the school and the Secretary of State can direct them to do so if necessary.

            Why amalgamate and not just close?

            Both governing bodies recognise that the Woodfield site is a valuable asset to the local community for educational purposes and by pursuing an amalgamation they can secure its future for the benefit of local children. The amalgamation ensures education provision remains located in the heart of the Woodfield community.

              Why Grove Road and not another local school?

              Grove Road has a good Ofsted rating and is in close proximity to families whose children currently attend Woodfield Community Primary School. Grove Road has already successfully welcomed many families who previously attended Woodfield and leaders from Grove Road worked with Woodfield school in 2020 and at the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Both schools have a similar ethos in relation to inclusive education.

                Why is this proposal exciting for Grove Road?

                The sites are within a mile of each other, which would make it easy to facilitate movement between locations during the school day. This creates an exciting opportunity to enhance the facilities of Grove Road Community Primary School, organising sustainable education across both sites, aiming for the best possible provision for all pupils, and importantly ensuring that the Woodfield site continues to be used for education of the wider community.

                    Why are the proposals being put forward now?

                    The latest Ofsted monitoring report of Woodfield Community Primary School in July states that “Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures” and it is important to recognise the efforts of all those who have been involved in this improvement journey. However, the current arrangements can only be temporary and the absence of an academy sponsor means that Woodfield School faces an uncertain future. These proposals would keep education provision within the Woodfield community.

                      What are the timescales?

                      Public consultation runs from 2 December to 28 January. Parents will be provided with a consultation document containing further details about the proposals and a response form for their views. There are public consultation meetings where parents of children at both schools can find out further information, ask questions, and put forward their views.

                      On 22 February, the County Council’s Executive committee will consider all the responses to the consultation and decide whether to proceed with the next step of the proposal. This would involve publishing statutory proposals on the County Council’s website and putting statutory notices in the local press and on the school gates. This would give a further four weeks during March for representations to be made. A final decision would then be made by the County Council’s Executive in April, and if agreed, Woodfield school would close on 31 August and Grove Road would assume use of the site currently occupied by Woodfield school from 1 September 2022.

                        Where have these proposals come from?

                        The proposals have been developed by members of the school governing bodies and LA officers over several months. The two governing bodies carefully considered the proposals before the autumn half term, and both agreed to ask the County Council to start a consultation. 

                          How would the proposals work practically?

                          Our initial plans, to be considered as part of the consultation, are:

                          • From September 2022, all Nursery children would be based at the current Woodfield site (Grove Road Nursery); all Year Reception to Year 6 pupils would be based at the current Grove Road site.
                          • All families of children currently attending Woodfield school and who choose to join Grove Road Community Primary School can be accommodated at the existing Grove Road site 
                          • From September 2023, all Nursery children and Reception pupils (2023 cohort) would be based at the current Woodfield site (Grove Road Early Years); all Year 1 to Year 6 pupils would be based at the Grove Road site.
                          • Growth is expected to continue so that eventually Grove Road Early Years and Grove Road Key Stage 1 would be located at the current Woodfield site and Grove Road Key Stage 2 would be accommodated at the current Grove Road site.

                          What if I have children at both sites?

                          The intention is to have a walking bus, across the iron bridge to the back of the Woodfield playing field, that enables parents to drop their child at either school and then children who need to will be able to walk safely to the other site accompanied by school staff. We will look at the timings of the school day to ensure that parents who choose to drop off or collect children from both sites are able to do so. Grove Road school also have wrap around care provision that will continue to be available from 7:30am to 5:30pm. Other opportunities, including clubs, will be looked at closely across both sites.

                          We’d welcome parents’ ideas and views as part of the consultation process. 

                            How would the amalgamated school meet the needs of my child?

                            The school would work closely with parents, as both Grove Road and Woodfield Schools do now, to meet the needs of individual children. The school would ensure early identification of needs and appropriate support in school and with partner agencies and services as required.

                              What if I want to move my child to another school?

                              We would encourage you to share your concerns with your child’s Headteacher in the first instance.

                              There will be opportunities for children and their families to visit Grove Road school and meet key staff as part of the proposal, however if parents feel it would be beneficial, families are invited to contact the school for an earlier visit. Of course, parents may wish to explore a transfer to another school in the area. If so, please see the information about applying for an in-year school place on the Changing schools and in year applications page.

                              The County Council’s School Admissions Team can be contacted by email or telephone. Email: schooladmissions@northyorks.gov.uk Tel: 01609 533679

                                What about admissions for Reception for September 2022?

                                Parents can apply to either Grove Road or Woodfield School this year to join Reception in September 2022, and if the amalgamation goes ahead, from September 2022, Reception children would be educated at the current Grove Road school site. Children who join the school as part of the September 2023 Reception intake would be based at the current Woodfield site and would remain there until the end of their Year 2.

                                The deadline for making an application to join reception in September 2022 is 15 January 2022, more information is available on the Apply for a place at a primary or secondary school page.

                                  How can parents get involved?

                                  The public consultation period runs from 2 December to 28 January. You can send your ideas by online response form or post. There are public consultation meetings, where you can find out more information, ask questions, and put forward your views.

                                  This consultation closed on Friday 18 February 2022.


                                  This paper sets out details of a proposal to close Weaverthorpe CE VC Primary School with effect from 31 August 2022. It gives the background to the proposal. There will be a public meeting on 20th January 2022 at 6pm.

                                  In the interests of safety to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus, this meeting will take place as a virtual (online) meeting via MS Teams. If you would like to take part in this meeting please contact schoolorganisation@northyorks.gov.uk for further information on how to join. Parents and known stakeholders will be sent the link directly.

                                  If you do not have the facilities to participate in the virtual (online) meeting but would still like to engage directly in the consultation process then please liaise with Weaverthorpe CE VC Primary School.

                                  Background

                                  Weaverthorpe CE VC Primary School, in the Ryedale area, was Inspected by Ofsted in January 2020 and found to be ‘Inadequate’. The inspection report was published by Ofsted in July 2020. 

                                  The Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) issued a directive academy order (DAO) in July 2020 as the school was now eligible for intervention under the Education and Inspections Act 2006. 

                                  The headteacher left the school in the summer term 2020 and an acting headteacher took over the leadership of the school in September 2020. The previous governing body was dissolved, and replaced with an Interim Executive Board (IEB) in September 2020. 

                                  For all schools who have been issued with a directive academy order it is the responsibility of the regional schools commissioner to broker sponsorship of the school by a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). This Multi academy trust would then take on the governance and management of the school on conversion to academy status. In the period of time since the directive academy order was issued the regional schools commissioner has been unable to identify a Multi academy trust that would be prepared to sponsor the school due to viability concerns. These concerns related to the low pupil numbers and the associated financial challenge that presents.

                                  A potential sponsor Multi academy trust could not be identified because they did not consider Weaverthorpe to be viable as a stand-alone school. It was therefore clearly important to explore if a formal partnership with another local maintained school could be an option to sustain Weaverthorpe School both educationally and financially. Local Authority (LA) officers and the Diocese of York (the Church body with responsibility for the school) worked together to discuss the situation with the potential partner schools in the local area during the summer and autumn terms of 2021. The schools contacted were the Federation of Luttons and Sherburn CE plus Hertford Vale and West Heslerton schools. The York Diocese also approached the Federation of Sledmere and Wetwang schools in the East Riding about the potential for collaboration with Weaverthorpe. None of those discussions resulted in an acceptable partnership proposal for the future of Weaverthorpe School. 

                                  Wold Newton is a Primary School in the East Riding. It was not among the group of schools initially contacted to establish if they had interest in collaborating with Weaverthorpe School. However, the Governing Body of Wold Newton Foundation School considered the position of Weaverthorpe School at their meeting on 2 December and confirmed that it would not be feasible for them to form a collaboration at this time.

                                  It is considered highly unlikely that a partnership arrangement with another local school, such as federation or amalgamation, can now be identified. The School is in a vulnerable position for multiple reasons, not least because the temporary leadership arrangements cannot continue beyond the end of the current academic year.

                                  At a recent meeting the interim executive board of Weaverthorpe CE VC Primary School decided, with regret, that in line with the advice of local authority officers they would ask the us to consider a consultation on the future of the School. Governors felt they had exhausted all options open to them to secure the future provision following the Ofsted judgement, the issuing of a directive academy order by the regional schools commissioner , the inability to secure a Multi academy trust sponsor and the absence of a collaboration option within the local maintained sector. 

                                  The Chair of the interim executive board has written to parents to explain the current situation and why it was considered necessary to consider consultation. This was followed by an initial meeting with parents on 10 November. This meeting was attended by officers from the local authority and Diocese who provided a further explanation of the circumstances and the required statutory process. On 7 December 2021 our Executive Member for Schools approved that this consultation could be undertaken. 

                                  Where schools are subject to a directive academy order , the Secretary of State can also order that a school is closed if it is considered unviable. If the statutory closure process were not followed, the regional schools commissioner may need to consult with the Secretary of State to determine if powers to direct closure for Weaverthorpe School should be exercised.

                                  Factors affecting the school’s viability

                                  School leadership and standards 

                                  The Ofsted inspection in January 2020 found Weaverthorpe Church of England VC Primary School to have serious weaknesses and to be ‘inadequate’ overall. Significantly, leadership and management was judged to be inadequate with the result that the school was deemed inadequate overall. The Quality of Education, Personal Development and Early Years provision were judged to require improvement; Behaviour and Attitudes was judged ‘good’; safeguarding was not effective.

                                  Weaverthorpe CE VC Primary School remains vulnerable as a stand-alone school due to the uncertain nature of leadership beyond the current temporary arrangements. The most recent substantive Headteacher left the school in the summer term of 2020. Following this, the interim executive board, supported by the local authority, arranged for interim leadership to be provided by the headteacher of Langton Primary School. Due to the presence of the directive academy order , and the intention for academy sponsorship, the arrangement was initially established for a period of up to one year with an end date of the summer term 2021. Further, as a consequence of the directive academy order , and combined with the very low number of pupils entering the school, it is considered that the interim executive board is unlikely to be successful in any attempt to recruit a replacement substantive headteacher, especially of the calibre required to continue to drive the necessary improvements and at the pace required. Since a suitable sponsor had not been identified before the end of the summer term 2021, the Governing Body of Langton Primary School agreed to a one-year extension to the interim leadership arrangements but have now confirmed that the temporary arrangement cannot continue beyond July 2022. Therefore, Weaverthorpe CE VC Primary School will be without secure leadership, leaving any improvements in the quality of education that have already been achieved at further risk.

                                  Ofsted’s routine monitoring inspections were temporarily suspended during the earlier parts of the pandemic; however, Ofsted did undertake remote visits to school and noted in March 2021 that ‘Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action to provide education in the current circumstances.’ This was typical of inspection visits at the time, where the range of evidence available to inspectors was narrower than would normally be the case during an on-site inspection, and so, the level of assurance provided was more limited. The interim Headteacher, the interim executive board and the local authority were praised for the work they had carried out in the school: the interim headteacher has ‘responded well to the challenges [she has] faced since taking up post in September 2020.’ Furthermore, ‘since its inception in September 2020, members of the interim executive board have focused intensively on securing improvement to the education on offer for pupils and the systems to keep them safe. Members of the interim executive board regularly visit the school so that they can be sure that leaders’ actions are improving the school’ and ‘since the last inspection, the local authority has worked with leaders and the interim executive board to improve the school. They have provided stability in leadership by brokering the support of the current acting headteacher. They have also worked with the acting headteacher to prioritise the actions needed to improve the school.’ 

                                  Ofsted resumed their monitoring visits in the summer term 2021 and Weaverthorpe CE VC Primary School was inspected in June 2021. Inspectors concluded that ‘Leaders and Managers are taking effective actions towards the removal of the serious weaknesses designation’.

                                  In the view of local authority school improvement advisers and school leaders, despite the clear progress to date, the improvements in provision and specifically the quality of education, are not yet sufficiently well embedded to ensure all children, from their different starting points, achieve success. An additional temporary part-time leadership post (Assistant Headteacher) was added to the staffing structure in September 2021 to bring in extra capacity with a remit to improve curriculum planning which remained at the early stages of development. Leaders have planned and invested in resources to support the curriculum, but the impact of this is yet to been seen in outcomes for pupils. The school improvement service has placed the School in the highest category of support and a principal adviser undertakes regular monitoring, challenge and support activities working closely with the interim leadership and the interim executive board.

                                  Pupil numbers

                                  Weaverthorpe is a 3-11 Community Primary School and currently has 25 children on roll. The school is located in the Malton and Norton outer area, serving families living in the village of Weaverthorpe and surrounding area. The number of children at Weaverthorpe CE VC Primary School has been falling over the past few years:

                                  • 2015/16 – 41 
                                  • 2016/17 – 43 
                                  • 2017/18 – 36 
                                  • 2018/19 – 41 
                                  • 2019/20 – 36 
                                  • 2020/21 – 26 
                                  • 2021/22 – 25 (plus 2 in Nursery) 

                                  In the recent Autumn term 22 of the 25 pupils attending Weaverthorpe School had a home address that was in the Weaverthorpe catchment area. These 22 pupils made up 71% of the 31 pupils who were living within the catchment area at the time. The remaining nine children in catchment attended other North Yorkshire schools. 

                                  The School can accommodate up to 49 pupils if all spaces are in use and therefore has the potential to contribute 49 places in the local area. Forecasts indicate that these numbers will not recover significantly in the longer term and may reduce still further.

                                  The current numbers in each year group at the school are:

                                  Year

                                  Total

                                  Reception

                                  1

                                  Year 1

                                  6

                                  Year 2

                                  2

                                  Year 3

                                  3

                                  Year 4

                                  2

                                  Year 5

                                  5

                                  Year 6

                                  6

                                  Total

                                  25

                                  Breadth of curriculum

                                  At the time of the ‘inadequate’ Ofsted judgement in January 2020 there were 40 pupils on roll (including nursery). As numbers have fallen since this judgement, the interim executive board and the local authority have become increasingly concerned that, in future, pupils will not have access to the full range of experiences they need, particularly opportunities for learning and playing with children their own age. Due to the forecasted financial position and the reduction in numbers, school leaders and governors may have to make further decisions relating to reducing the number of teaching groups and increasing in the mix of age ranges in each class. Leaders and governors are obligated to consider the impact on children’s access to age-appropriate curriculum, particularly when the present curriculum offer struggles to meet current expectations.

                                  Primary school places in the local area

                                  The nearest school to Weaverthorpe, 2.5 miles from Weaverthorpe CE VC Primary School, is Luttons Community Primary School, which has places available in all year groups. This school has the capacity to take any additional pupils as a result of the proposed closure, and has indicated a willingness to do so. The table below shows more detail on the hypothetical combined position for Weaverthorpe and Luttons based on numbers in January 2022.

                                  Year Group 2021/22

                                  Weaverthorpe (Current capacity 49)

                                  Luttons (Current capacity 56)

                                  Total Weaverthorpe and Luttons combined

                                  Reception

                                  1

                                  5

                                  6

                                  Year 1

                                  6

                                  6

                                  12

                                  Year 2

                                  2

                                  3

                                  5 (23)

                                  Year 3

                                  3

                                  5

                                  8

                                  Year 4

                                  2

                                  5

                                  7

                                  Year 5

                                  5

                                  3

                                  8

                                  Year 6

                                  6

                                  1

                                  7(30)

                                  Total

                                  25

                                  28

                                  53

                                  Luttons Community Primary School currently operates a two class structure but has the flexibility and capacity to increase these arrangements should the need arise in future.

                                  A table of other schools and their pupil number and the forecast position in future years is available and takes account of expected housing developments.

                                  In October 2021 there were a total of 80 primary aged children living in the catchment areas of the two schools (49 Luttons, 31 Weaverthorpe). At first, this may appear a concern given that Luttons School only has a current capacity of 56 places. However, Luttons is situated closer to more North Yorkshire Schools than is Weaverthorpe and there is an established pattern of a number of families from Luttons choosing alternative schools. The latest data (October 21 census) shows that 21 of the 49 Luttons area pupils, or 42%, where attending neither Luttons or Weaverthorpe schools. There is no reason to expect that this pattern of attendance would change given we understand it is largely explained by the geographical extent of the Luttons catchment area including the settlement of Duggleby. 

                                  For the first time in July 2021 we have been able to access NHS data for GP registrations at postcode level. This will be incorporated into a revised methodology in the coming year as we believe it will enable a higher degree of forecast accuracy. The latest data received in October 2021 for Luttons, Weaverthorpe and Sherburn areas is shown below. This identifies any child who is registered with a GP practice on 30 September 2021 and who lives in the schools’ catchments areas:

                                  NHS data for year group cohorts

                                  Weaverthorpe

                                  Luttons

                                  Total W & L

                                  Sherburn CE

                                  Rec entry 2025

                                  2

                                  3

                                  5

                                  10

                                  Rec entry 2024

                                  5

                                  4

                                  9

                                  4

                                  Rec entry 2023

                                  2

                                  7

                                  9

                                  9

                                  Rec entry 2022

                                  4

                                  13

                                  17

                                  9

                                  Rec entry 2021

                                  2

                                  6

                                  8

                                  14

                                  REC 2020 (Y1 now)

                                  7

                                  14

                                  21

                                  15

                                  REC 2019 (Y2 now)

                                  4

                                  5

                                  9

                                  19

                                  REC 2018 (Y3 now)

                                  4

                                  7

                                  11

                                  14

                                  REC 2017 (Y4 now)

                                  5

                                  11

                                  17

                                  11

                                  REC 2016 (Y5 now)

                                  6

                                  10

                                  16

                                  11

                                  REC 2015 (Y6 now)

                                  4

                                  8

                                  13

                                  14

                                  It is notable that the Weaverthorpe numbers are remaining at a low level for the coming years. However, this data shows a higher combined cohort for Reception entry in September 2022 driven by the number (13) for Luttons. However, this is considered to be a short-term issue, as the local cohorts for entry in the following three years are at a much lower level. A review of the data for the Sherburn CE catchment area also shows no evidence of a rise in the local pre-school population.

                                  The financial position

                                  Pupil numbers determine the school budget. The critical concerns are Ofsted’s Inadequate judgement, the directive academy order and the inability to find a sustainable leadership solution for the school, but the fall in pupil numbers has also undermined the school’s future financial position.

                                  Based on the start budget submitted in May 2021 the school had a budget surplus of £36.7k at the end of the 2020/21 financial year; the funding for the 2020/21 financial year was based on 39 pupils. However, the school is projecting in-year budget deficits of £48.8k in 2021/22 and £26.9k in 2022/23 and an overall cumulative budget deficit of £39k at the end of 2022/23. The budget projections are based on pupil assumptions of 25 in 2021/22 and 21 in 2022/23, so the position will deteriorate further if pupil numbers fall below that level. There appears to be no reasonable prospect of financial recovery.

                                  These budget projections already reflect a notional reduction in staffing from 3.2 FTE to 2.5 FTE in September 2022.

                                  The School may benefit from an additional £10k sparsity funding in 2022/23; this is to subject to the completion of school budget allocations for next financial year which will be finalised in January 2022.

                                  The proposal

                                  For the reasons above it is proposed that Weaverthorpe CE VC Primary School should close with effect from 31 August 2022.

                                  It is proposed that the catchment area of Luttons Community Primary School is expanded to include the current Weaverthorpe School catchment area. There is an area of Weaverthorpe’s catchment area that is currently shared with Hertford Vale CE Primary School and it is proposed that area (Butterwick) remains part of Hertford Vale’s catchment area. The York CE Diocese have indicated early stage support for this approach. The local authority invite all stakeholders to comment on these catchment area proposals during the consultation. These arrangements would be implemented from September 2022 only in the event of closure for Weaverthorpe School.

                                  Admissions and transport

                                  Local authority officers are undertaking a managed and co-ordinated process for the allocation of alternative school places for September 2022, and for those allocations to be implemented in the event that the School does proceed to closure through the statutory process. Ideally, this ‘preference exercise’ would not have been undertaken until after the initial six week consultation and this was explained to parents at the meeting in School on 10 November. However, feedback from the parents, via the School, was that they wanted assistance sooner to reduce their period of uncertainty. This position was further evidenced by a small, but significant, number of transfer applications having already been made. The local authority have therefore commenced the preference exercise in the interests of fairness for all parents and to avoid a first come first served scenario.

                                  Parents, as is their right, may request a transfer earlier than September 2022 and the local authority would be obliged to respond. However, irrespective of the required date of transfer, all applications will be managed via this single preference exercise.

                                  Local authority officers will be available to support Weaverthorpe parents during the exercise with advice and guidance – please contact Vickie Hemming-Allen on 01609 535481 or Lisa Herdman on 01609 534953

                                  Free transport is provided to the catchment school, or nearest school to the home address, subject to qualifying distance:

                                  • two miles for children under eight years of age;
                                  • three miles for children aged over eight; or
                                  • where the route to the catchment or nearest school is not safe to walk accompanied by a responsible adult.

                                  The local authority Road Safety team will assess the road from Weaverthorpe to Luttons against standard criteria, and parents will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible.

                                  Staff

                                  A separate consultation process, including a staff meeting, will run in parallel with the closure process.

                                  The school site

                                  The Weaverthorpe school buildings and playground are owned by the Diocese of York and the school playing field is owned by us. Any decisions about the future of the site and buildings would be taken separately from the decision on whether to close the school. 

                                  Any capital receipt from the disposal of the school site would be determined with reference to the appropriate legislation and regulation.

                                  Additional information

                                  This consultation page should be read in conjunction with the following documents:

                                  What happens next?

                                  Your views about this proposal are welcomed. You can either complete and return the attached response sheet, or submit an online response.

                                  Online responses may be submitted by using our Weaverthorpe CE VC Primary School Consultation survey.

                                  Paper responses should be returned to us at the address below:

                                  Freepost RTKE-RKAY-CUJS
                                  Weaverthorpe
                                  Strategic Planning,
                                  North Yorkshire County Council,
                                  County Hall,
                                  Northallerton,
                                  DL7 8AE

                                  Responses to the consultation will be published on our website. Your personal details, and those of others you may refer to, will not be published. 

                                  The closing date for responses is Friday 18 February 2022.

                                  All responses to the consultation received by this date will be considered by our Executive on 22 March 2022.

                                  If our Executive decides to proceed with the closure proposal, then statutory notices would be published in the local press on Friday 1 April 2022. These notices provide a further four weeks for representations to be made. A final decision is then scheduled to be taken by our Executive in May 2022. If agreed, the school would close on 31 August 2022.

                                  Anticipated key dates

                                  All dates are subject to approvals at each stage.

                                  Key events Dates

                                  Consultation opens

                                  7 January 2022

                                  Public meeting

                                  20 January 2022

                                  Consultation closes

                                  18 February 2022

                                  Our Executive considers consultation response

                                  22 March 2022

                                  Statutory Notices published (4 weeks for representations to be made)

                                  1 April  to 29 April 2022

                                  Final decision by our Executive

                                  May 2022

                                  Proposed school closure date

                                  31 August 2022

                                  This consultation closed on 18 February 2022


                                  Notice is hereby given in accordance with the School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013 that we are proposing to make a prescribed alteration to Goathland Community Primary School, Beck Hole Road, Goathland, Whitby YO22 5ND by lowering its age range from 4-11 to 3-11 with effect from 25 April 2022.

                                  Goathland Community Primary School is proposing to provide places for 3 and 4 year olds by the creation of a nursery class.

                                  The proposed 3 and 4 year old provision will provide up to 12 places (or equivalent part-time places) per session.

                                  The notice is an extract from the complete proposal. A copy of the complete proposal can be viewed in the supporting documents listed below.

                                  Copies of the complete proposal can be obtained from: Strategic Planning - Children and Young People's Service, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD.

                                  Within four weeks from the date of publication of this proposal, any person may object to or make comments on the proposal by sending them to:

                                  Strategic Planning - Children and Young People's Service,
                                  North Yorkshire County Council,
                                  County Hall,
                                  Northallerton,
                                  DL7 8AD

                                  Or emailing schoolorganisation@northyorks.gov.uk by 5pm on 18 February 2022.

                                  Signed: B. Khan - Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services)

                                  Publication Date: 21 January 2022

                                  Supporting documents

                                  This report is supported by a number of documents as listed below:

                                  This consultation closed on 2 December 2021.


                                  We are keen to hear what you think of the proposal to make changes to the residential offer at Welburn Hall School to accommodate children and young people aged 8 to 19, who have communication and interaction needs (including Autism) and / or learning disability, where there is an assessed need for residential provision. Residential provision would be extended to be available up to a term time basis,38 weeks per year, including weekends.

                                  Background

                                  We want all children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND) in North Yorkshire:

                                  • To have the best educational opportunities so that they achieve the best outcomes.
                                  • To be able to attend a school or provision locally, as close to their home as possible, where they can make friends and be part of their local community.
                                  • To make progress with learning, have good social and emotional health, and to prepare them for a fulfilling adult life.

                                  The local authority has a statutory responsibility under the Children and Families Act 2014 to keep its special educational provision under review, to ensure sufficiency in placements to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND). Under the same act the local authority also has responsibility for ensuring that the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND) are suitably assessed and that needs are met.

                                  The current residential offer at Welburn Hall School is for young people aged 16 to 19 who are completing the college course at the school and who have an assessed need for residential provision. Residential placement is available Monday to Friday (4 nights) during term times.

                                  The criteria for assessing a young person’s need for residential provision was updated and agreed in 2017. Since this time the numbers of young people entering into the residential provision at Welburn Hall have been declining. It is forecast that this will make the current residential offer unviable for the school within the next 3 years. This would result in us having no residential offer for children and young people with communication and interaction needs and / or learning disability. 

                                  The current offer at Welburn Hall School results in children and young people with communication and interaction needs and / or learning disability who require residential placement prior to age 16 being placed in Independent settings, sometimes out of county away from their family and community. 

                                  Benefits of the proposed residential offer

                                  The advantages that such an offer aims to bring are:

                                  • For young people with communication and interaction needs, who have an assessed need for residential placement, to be able to attend a school locally.
                                  • To be able to offer the right support for young people and their families at the right time – residential provision available to meet assessed need for children and young people with communication and interaction needs from age 8.
                                  • To seek best use of resources for the local population.

                                  Please tell us your views

                                  Before any changes are made to the residential offer at Welburn Hall School, we are keen to consult with any stakeholders who may be affected by the arrangement. It is important to us that we gather and listen to feedback about the proposal and ensure all considerations have been taken into account. In undertaking this consultation, we are required to follow good practice guidance.

                                  We keen to hear your comments and feedback on the proposal to make changes to the residential offer at Welburn Hall School to enable children and young people from age 8 to 19 with an assessed need for residential provision to be placed here. Residential provision would be available on a term time basis, 38 weeks per year, including weekends. Any member of the public and interested organisations can comment on the proposal.

                                  We have tried to ensure giving feedback is as easy as possible by a range of different methods as follows:

                                  • Engagement sessions for parents/carers and all professionals
                                  • Survey
                                  • Children and young people engagement sessions facilitated by North Yorkshire Voice

                                  The dates and times of engagement sessions for Parents/Carers of children at school:

                                  Date

                                  Time

                                  Wednesday 3 November

                                  6pm

                                  Friday 5 November

                                  10am

                                  The dates and times of engagement sessions for Parents/Carers of other children:

                                  Date

                                  Time

                                  Monday 8 November

                                  9:30am

                                  Tuesday 9 November

                                  6pm

                                  The dates and times of engagement sessions for all professionals:

                                  Date

                                  Time

                                  Tuesday 9 November

                                  9:30am

                                  Friday 12 November

                                  10:30am

                                  Sign up to attend an engagement session here.

                                  Please let us know what you think online.

                                  Fill in the online survey.

                                  We will not be able to offer an individual response to your feedback.

                                  You can request a hard copy of the survey by emailing SEND@northyorks.gov.uk or by writing to:

                                  Central Admin Team
                                  North Yorkshire County Council
                                  County Hall
                                  Northallerton
                                  North Yorkshire
                                  DL7 8AE

                                  If you would like the information on this page and the survey in a different format, please email SEND@northyorks.gov.uk or write to the address above.

                                  If you want this information in another language you can find more information here, or email SEND@northyorks.gov.uk

                                  Children and Young People - North Yorkshire Voice will be running a number of focus groups and activities to help young people share their views. If you are a young person, and would like to tell us your thoughts on this consultation, please contact North Yorkshire Voice at NYvoice@northyorks.gov.uk  

                                  Deadline for your Feedback

                                  The consultation is open from 14 October 2021 and ends at midnight on 2 December 2021. We will not be able to consider feedback after this date.

                                  After the consultation closes

                                  At the end of the consultation period we will review the feedback and produce a summary report showing the themes and issues raised, which will be reviewed by the County Council Executive for a decision. Responses from individuals will be anonymised.

                                  A summary of the consultation responses and next steps will be available.

                                  Please contact us using one of the methods outlined above to request details as hard copies.

                                  Frequently asked questions

                                  What is this consultation about?

                                  This consultation is about our proposed changes to the residential offer at Welburn Hall School to accommodate children and young people aged 8-19, who have communication and interaction needs (including Autism) and / or learning disability, where there is an assessed need for residential provision. Residential provision would be extended to be available on a term time basis, 38 weeks per year, including weekends.

                                  Why do we need to change the residential off at Welburn Hall School?

                                  The current residential offer at Welburn Hall School is for young people aged 16-19 who are completing the college course at the school and who have an assessed need for residential provision. This offer results in children and young people with communication and interaction needs and / or learning disability who require residential placement prior to age 16 being placed in Independent settings, sometimes out of county away from their family and community. 

                                  It is forecast that the current residential offer will become unviable for the school within the next 3 years. This would result in us having no residential offer for children and young people with communication and interaction needs and / or learning disability.

                                  What difference will the proposed changes make to young people who attend Welburn Hall School?

                                  Young people who attend Welburn Hall school will welcome a wider cohort of learners into their school community. 

                                  Families of current pupils of Welburn Hall School who have an assessed need for residential placement will be able to consider this at the age that it is needed rather than for post 16 only.

                                  Young people moving onto the post 16 college course will attend as day pupils unless there is an assessed need for residential placement.

                                  How will you consult with stakeholders and when?

                                  The consultation will start on 13 October 2021 and conclude on 1 December 2021. Every effort will be made to ensure stakeholders have the opportunity to find out about the proposal and give feedback. We are making contact with known networks and those who represent stakeholders to provide relevant information and offer a full briefing if required. The consultation is for 7 weeks and we hope this will give stakeholders the opportunity to comment.

                                  How will the changes to the residential offer improve SEND services for people who use them?

                                  Young people with communication and interaction needs and / or learning disability who have an assessed need for residential placement will be able to attend a school locally.

                                  Young people and their families will be better able to access the right support at the right time since residential provision will be available to meet assessed need for children and young people with communication and interaction needs and / or learning disability from age 8.

                                  What are the next steps?

                                  Consultation responses and feedback will be collated and reviewed by us at the end of the consultation period. A summary report showing the themes and issues raised will be published on this page.

                                  This consultation closed on  3 February 2022.


                                  We wish to put in place a formal partnership (referred to as a “Section 75 Partnership Agreement”) with York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to work collaboratively to deliver the fully integrated Sexual Health Service responsibility on behalf of us.

                                  This partnership agreement will delegate sexual health services to York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

                                  The NHS and Local Authorities Partnership Arrangements Regulations 2000 stipulate that “the partners may not enter into any partnership agreements [under Section 75 (S75) of the NHS Act 2006] unless they have consulted jointly such persons as appear to them to be affected by such arrangements”.

                                  The partners consider the integrated sexual health S75 benefits residents of North Yorkshire. The draft S75 is proposed to commence on 1 April 2022.

                                  The draft S75 Agreement is for 10 years, broken down as follows: initial term of 4 years (1 April 2022 – 31 March 2026), with two option to extend for further periods of 3 years.

                                  Local Authorities are mandated nationally to provide sexual health services, funded through the Public Health Grant for their local area.

                                  The key areas of service are: 

                                  • sexual health promotion and information
                                  • full range of contraceptive services
                                  • sexually Transmitted Infections (including HIV) services
                                  • clinical and Community Outreach Service (under 25’s and those of greatest need)
                                  • sexual Health Counselling and Wellbeing Support Service for HIV
                                  • training

                                  We as well as York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have undertaken two public consultations to date regarding the delivery of the integrated specialist sexual health service.

                                  The first was a 30 day consultation between September and October 2019 that sought feedback on whether to enter in to the formal Section 75 agreement with York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The responses to this initial public consultation were resoundingly in favour of entering in to this agreement (38 in favour, 1 against).

                                  The second public consultation was a 60 day consultation that took place between 4 August 2021 and 4 October 2021. This consultation asked stakeholders to feedback on proposed changes to the delivery of the Integrated Sexual Health service. In addition to the online survey, there were also two workshops held for professionals working in the wider Sexual Health system in North Yorkshire. The consultation received positive responses, with some of the headline figures being:

                                  • 83% of respondents support additional online and virtual support within the sexual health service, to complement face to face delivery.
                                  • 87% of respondents support a personalised offer to STI testing based on an individual’s level of risk and history
                                  • 93% were in support of a coordinated approach between the sexual health counselling and HIV support services
                                  • 89% of respondents support a more responsive joined up clinical and community approach, engaging with those at greater levels of risk or need in relation to sexual and reproductive health. 

                                  We and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are now jointly consulting on entering into and the content of the proposed collaborative arrangement via the Section 75 agreement. This is a 30-day consultation beginning on 4 January 2022 and ending on 3 February 2022.

                                  For any questions about this consultation please email nypublichealth@northyorks.gov.uk

                                  A  full version of the Section 75 agreement (including all schedules) (pdf / 3 MB) between us and York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust  is available as well as a summary report of the previous 60 day consultation in to the proposed changes to the delivery of the Integrated Sexual Health service.

                                  You can tell us your views in the following ways: 

                                  Fill in the online survey.

                                  Please do not include any personal identifiable information in any of your answers that could identify yourself or another individual. 

                                  An easy read version of this survey is available on request.

                                  If you would like to request any paper copies of the survey, or require information about the consultation in a different language or a more accessible format please contact nypublichealth@northyorks.gov.uk or call our customer service centre on 01609 780780.

                                  You can also send your views on the proposals by email to nypublichealth@northyorks.gov.uk.

                                  Or write to us at:

                                  Sexual Health Service Consultation,
                                  Central Admin Team,
                                  North Yorkshire County Council,
                                  County Hall,
                                  Northallerton,
                                  North Yorkshire,
                                  DL7 8AE

                                  This consultation closed on 7 February 2022.


                                  Summary

                                  In March 2021 the government announced the ‘Bus Back Better’ national bus strategy for England. The strategy sets out the vision and opportunity for delivering better bus services across England, with a key aim of getting more people using the buses. The strategy also sets out a number of obligations and requirements on both operators and local transport authorities in a bid to improve partnership working and be in a position to access future funding from the Department for Transport.

                                  By the end of June 2021, all local transport authorities needed to commit to establishing an Enhanced Partnership under the Bus Services Act 2000 or begin the statutory process of franchising services. On 22 June 2021, we gave approval to proceed with the development of establishing an Enhanced Partnership.

                                  Once we had committed to proceeding with an Enhanced Partnership, the Department for Transport outlined a series of deadlines all Local Transport Authorities must comply with including publishing a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) by the end of October 2021 and from April 2022 Local Transport Authorities must have an Enhanced Partnership in place.

                                  Background

                                  In the national bus strategy, the government set a series of tight timescales for local transport authorities to comply with if they wanted to receive future funding for buses.

                                  • End June 2021 commit to establishing an enhanced partnership
                                  • 31 October 2021 publish a Bus Service Improvement Plan
                                  • From April 2022 LTAs will need to have an Enhanced Partnership in place

                                  In line with the approved timescales, a report was taken to the County Councils Executive on the 22 June recommending approval to proceed with an Enhanced Partnership as the preferred option. On this basis the council proceeded, and as part of the next steps began preparing a bus service improvement plan.

                                  On 12 October, a second report was taken to the County Councils Executive to consider the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) and recommend publication .

                                  On the 31 October the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) with a £116million funding ask was submitted to the Department for transport and was published on our website. The Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) is a high level strategic document which outlines a high level vision and a number of delivery interventions to transform bus operations in North Yorkshire. The plan was developed alongside operators and a local engagement exercise.

                                  The Department for Transport(DfT) is currently reviewing the submitted Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) and is likely to make an announcement on funding in early 2022.

                                  Following the publication of the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), focus has now moved to preparing the Enhanced Partnership plan and scheme, which is the vehicle through with the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) is delivered.

                                  Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme

                                  We have now prepared our Enhanced Partnership plan and scheme, this will be the mechanism used to deliver the specific actions in the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP).

                                  The  Enhanced Partnership plan (pdf / 1 MB) and  Enhanced Partnership scheme (pdf / 617 KB) are two separate documents and neither documents can exist on their own. The Enhanced Partnership plan is a high-level strategic document that sets the bus network in context, along with the objectives for bus services in the area. The Enhanced Partnership plan is closely linked to the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) and follows or replicates many relevant sections.

                                  The Enhanced Partnership scheme sets out the precise detail of how the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) vision and objectives will be achieved, including any commitments made by the local authority or standards to be met by bus operators. There must always be one or more Enhanced Partnership scheme(s) in addition to the Enhanced Partnership plan.

                                  Funding

                                  At the time of writing the Enhanced Partnership plan and Scheme, the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) submission was still under consideration with the Department for Transport (DfT) and we are not aware of the funding we are likely to receive. This has made the writing of the scheme very difficult given we cannot commit to deliver measures when the outcome of the funding is uncertain.

                                  Please tell us your views

                                  We are seeking views on all the measures in the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), we believe gathering feedback from the public will help us determine what to prioritise in terms of delivery once the funding in announced.

                                  We will not be able to offer an individual response to your feedback.

                                  You can request a hard copy or alternative format of the survey by emailing epconsultation@northyorks.gov.uk or by writing to:

                                  Central Admin Team
                                  North Yorkshire County Council
                                  County Hall
                                  Northallerton
                                  North Yorkshire
                                  DL7 8AE

                                  Responding to the consultation

                                  The consultation asks for views on a number of measures, please take the time to read the definitions of the measures if you are unclear in what the measures are.

                                  Bus Priority Infrastructure

                                  Scheme / Measures Description
                                  Harrogate Transport Improvement Programme

                                  Delivery of identified measures in the Harrogate Transport Improvement programme along the A61 corridor including sections of segregated bus lanes, bus priority signals and amendments to junctions and roundabouts to better accommodate buses.

                                  Place based feasibility studies

                                  Carry out a series of feasibility studies beginning in Scarborough and Selby to identify what measures could be introduced on the highway to benefit bus users for example bus priority, improving roundabouts / junctions and improving traffic signals.

                                  Other Infrastructure

                                  Scheme / Measures Description
                                  Bus stop upgrades including Technology an information provision upgrades

                                  Focusing on the identified key corridors, deliver a series of improvements to existing infrastructure at bus stops, including shelters, seating, cycling facilities and security improvements.

                                  Alongside this, a series of information improvements and upgrades will be delivered through E-ink (electronic ink) technology on key corridors and standard timetable cases at other bus stop locations.

                                  Demand responsive roll out

                                  Roll out of demand responsive bus services across North Yorkshire in a series of phases following the initial pilot. The first phase (Phase 1) covers a wide area including Leyburn, Richmond, Bedale, Northallerton, Thirsk and Helmsley. Phase 1 also covers the Whitby and Scarborough areas.

                                  Fares Support

                                  Scheme / Measures Description
                                  Under 19 Child fare

                                  Consistent qualifying child age across all operators in North Yorkshire offering 50% off fares.

                                  Targeted promotional fares

                                  Funding to enable the offer of promotional fares such as £1 evening fares, seasonal or Sunday promotions

                                  Low flat fares

                                  Continue to deliver low flat fares on Demand Responsive Transport YorBus services.

                                  Job Seeker / Apprentice fares

                                  50% fare for job seekers and apprentices on single and return fares.

                                   Ticketing Reform

                                  Scheme / Measures Description
                                  Tap on Tap off readers

                                  Delivery of funding for circa 200 vehicles for tap on tap off readers

                                  Contactless ticketing

                                  Enable payment by contactless on all services

                                  Localised ticketing company Set up a localised ticketing company

                                  Bus Service Support

                                  Scheme / Measures Description
                                  Recovery Support

                                  Funding to support commercial bus services impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic

                                  Pump Prime – Additional Services

                                  Pump-prime funding available to operators to delivery additional daytime, evening and weekend service

                                  Pump Prime – New Services

                                  Pump-prime funding available to operators to deliver new services identified in response to changing travel markets

                                  Marketing

                                  Scheme / Measures Description
                                  Covid Marketing

                                  Short term marketing to support bus passenger recovery

                                  On-going Marketing and customer surveys On-going marketing likely to cover specific promotions on the network available for operators for help with promotions. Funding to support passenger surveys across bus network in north Yorkshire.
                                  Website development

                                  Development of a specific website for North Yorkshire covering fares, timetables etc.

                                  Zero Emission

                                  Scheme / Measures Description
                                  Roll out of Zero Emission Buses across North Yorkshire

                                  Rolling programme identified to deliver zero emission buses working with the operators in the selected areas.

                                  Other measures

                                  Scheme / Measures Description
                                  Parking Policies Review once local government reorganisation (LGR) happened and parking becomes full responsibility of the council.
                                  Park & Ride Consider park and ride sits that can be sited alongside existing commercial bus routes.
                                  Day Fare Capping

                                  Operators have committed to provide a daily fare cap once the technology and back office function support is available. We will work with our operators on how we can deliver this sustainably.

                                  Mandate operators on common sections of route. Mandate operators on common sections of route to accept all operators’ valid return and day tickets.
                                  Updating and maintaining publicity

                                  Develop a standard approach for producing, updating and maintaining publicity. This will include design standards and clarity on responsibilities for both operators and ourselves.

                                  Next stop audio / visual announcements

                                  Working with operators, seek to provide funding to retro-fit older vehicles to include next stop audio / visual announcements. Any new vehicles purchased by operators will provide this technology as standard.

                                  Fleet decarbonisation Support bus operators in identifying further opportunities for funding and accelerated fleet decarbonisation, including exploring alternative fleet procurement and ownership models.
                                  Cross Boundary Decarbonisation

                                  We will work with our neighbouring authorities in City of York and Tees Valley to achieve zero emission operation on cross-boundary services.

                                  In-house fleet decarbonisation

                                  Commit to decarbonisation of our own in-house fleet of community and demand responsive transport minibuses (as and when suitable models and funding opportunities become available) that support this segment of the public service vehicle market.

                                  Passenger Charter

                                  Deliver a fully developed North Yorkshire Bus Passenger’s Charter.

                                  Public Consultation

                                  See a public consultation exercise carried out as part of the Enhanced Partnership plan.

                                  Quality Standards

                                  Deliver an agreed set of quality standards covering vehicle standards, complaints process and driver training that are easy to understand and widely promoted.

                                  Passenger Safety Complete a study to understand the key issues around passenger safety in both urban and rural areas.
                                  Marketing Strategy

                                  In partnership with our key operators, develop a marketing strategy covering the whole of North Yorkshire.

                                  Timetable changes

                                  Reduce service disruption for any passengers by making timetable changes only where necessary and no more than once a year. In areas where services rely heavily on season demand, operators will coordinate any seasonal changes.

                                  Deadline for your Feedback

                                  The consultation is open from 10 January 2022 and ends at midnight on 7 February 2022. We will not be able to consider feedback after this date.

                                  After the consultation closes

                                  At the end of the consultation period all partners will review the feedback and produce a summary report showing the themes and any issues raised. The response will identity what measures members of the public consider most important and will help shape what measures are taken forward in the future once funding becomes available. Responses from individuals will be anonymised.

                                  A summary of the consultation responses and next steps will be available to view online once the consultation has closed.

                                  Frequently asked questions

                                  What is a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP)?

                                  A Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) is a high level strategic document that sets out improvements for bus users in context for North Yorkshire. The Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) has been developed in collaboration with local bus operators and local stakeholders.

                                  The government has outlined that all local transport authorities (LTAs) need to have published a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) (alongside other requirements) in order to access the newly announced £3billion of government funding.

                                  What is an Enhanced Partnership?

                                  An Enhanced Partnership (EP) is the partnership between local authorities and bus operators that will enable the delivery of the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) objectives and measures.

                                  What is an Enhanced Partnership plan and scheme?

                                  An Enhanced Partnership plan is a high level document that aligns closely with the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) including the vision and objectives.

                                  An Enhanced Partnership scheme sets out the precise detail of how the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) vision and objectives will be achieved. The Enhanced Partnership scheme will include any commitments made by the local authority and bus operators.

                                  An Enhanced Partnership plan and scheme must exist together, and neither document can exist without the other.

                                  Why are we consulting?

                                  As part of the Enhanced Partnership process the local transport authorities (LTA) is required to carry out a statutory consultation and wanted to extend this to the public. We wanted to gather the views of the pubic on the measures, which will hopefully help us determine what measures to prioritise once funding is announced.

                                  There are large parts of the county that are not served by a bus service. Why does the Plan not cover providing new services in areas where there currently aren’t services?

                                  The plan is a high level document and is about what measures we can put in place to encourage bus use. Due to the rural nature of the county, many services are not considered sustainable, the guidance for Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) and Enhanced Partnership's makes it clear that the funding available is not for supporting services.

                                  However, working with operators we have identified a series of potential new and improved services that could receive some initial kick start funding, however the services are considered sustainable and will be commercially operated after the initial kick start period.

                                  Will the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) / Enhanced Partnership have an impact on existing bus services?

                                  No, there are no plans to reduce / remove any existing services through the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) / Enhanced Partnership process. The measures outlined in the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) are intended to grow patronage on existing services.

                                  Who decided what measures to include in the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP)?

                                  The measures included in the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) were agreed between the council and bus operators and take into consideration stakeholder feedback.

                                  What funding is available to deliver the measures?

                                  A funding template with an ask of £116 million was submitted to government when Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) was published at the end of October. The Department for Transport (DfT) is still considering the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) and no announcement on funding has been made, this is likely to be in the New Year. However, in order to access a share of the £3billion funding, local transport authorities (LTA's) are required to issue a notice of intent to produce a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) and have an Enhanced Partnership in place by the dates required.

                                  Why does the Enhanced Partnership scheme only include one measure? What about the other identified measures from the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP)?

                                  As mentioned above, we currently do not know how much funding we will receive from the Department for Transport (DfT). However, we are required by the Department for Transport (DfT) to have the Enhanced Partnership plan and Enhanced Partnership scheme in place by April 2022. As the Enhanced Partnership scheme is a legally binding document, with a requirement to deliver whatever is detailed in the Enhanced Partnership scheme document, we have only committed to deliver a measure we know we can deliver and can be funded from existing budgets. Once the funding settlement has been announced we have the ability to vary the Enhanced Partnership scheme though a bespoke mechanism, which will allow us to include further measures into the Enhanced Partnership scheme.

                                  What are the timescales associated with the Enhanced Partnership and delivery of schemes?

                                  The timescales the council are working to are dictated by those set out by central government in the National Bus Strategy. The Enhanced Partnership needs to be in place by the beginning of April 2022. In terms of delivery, until we know the funding allocation we will receive it is not possible to outline a programme for the delivery of the specific measures.

                                  What if I have a comment about existing services or suggestions for improvements that aren’t included in the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP)?

                                  Any general comments regarding public transport can be submitted to passenger.transport@northyorks.gov.uk.

                                  This consultation closed on 2 December 2021.


                                  Tell us your views on the SEND Local Area Strategy, a join strategy between ourselves and the Clinical Commissioning Groups that serve North Yorkshire.

                                  Summary

                                  The overall objective of the SEND Local Area Strategy is to set the future direction and coordination of support for children and young people with SEND across North Yorkshire. This strategy aims to ensure that statutory partners and key stakeholders have shared aims and ambitions for children and young people with SEND and are working together to provide high quality services.

                                  Our ambition and aim is that all children and young people with SEND have improved outcomes which will ensure they are well prepared for a happy, healthy and fulfilling adult life. Working in partnership with all stakeholders is of critical importance to ensure that children and young people have their needs identified early so that support can be more effective.

                                  Following a period of early, informal engagement in June and July 2021, in partnership with local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG's), we are seeking views on six key strategic aims developed from feedback of stakeholders.

                                  Background

                                  The number of children and young people identified as having SEND in North Yorkshire has increased since the introduction of the SEND reforms in 2014 through the Children and Families Act and is predicted to continue to do so.

                                  The proportion of the mainstream school population at SEN support has increased from 10.8% in 2017 to 12.32% in 2021 in primary schools and from 6.5% to 10.44% in secondary schools. In addition, the number of children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) increased from 1938 in 2015/16 to 3574 in 2020/21. This is a 84.4% rise.

                                  There is a need to develop a new Local Area Strategy for SEND that covers education, health and social care for children and young people aged 0 to 25.

                                  The overarching Local Area Strategy will go beyond the local authorities statutory duties with regards to SEND Education Provision, as set out in our most recent SEND Plan, and include how we work with all partners including young people, parents/carers and Clinical Commissioning Groups to improve outcomes of children and young people.

                                  A Local Area Strategy will ensure that:

                                  • The work that is being, or needs to be, done to ensure children and young people in North Yorkshire with SEND have the best opportunities, provision and outcomes, is agreed, understood, delivered and monitored.
                                  • Children and young people with SEND and their families in partnership with those working with them from education, health and social care can shape the way forward.

                                  Recent developments for key stakeholders also means that is timely to now review the strategic direction of the Local Area in relation to SEND and develop a new strategy that is co-produced and implemented moving forward. These key developments include:

                                  • The relaunch of the North Yorkshire parent/carer forum and the rebrand as Parent Carer Voice North Yorkshire, with a strong focus on co-production.
                                  • The restructure of the Inclusion service in our Childrens' and Young People Service.
                                  • Recent review of Social Care support for Disabled Children
                                  • The reorganisation of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), in particular the new North Yorkshire CCG.

                                  Local Area SEND Strategy:

                                  The proposed strategy will establish the following key principles:

                                  • Be ambitious for all children
                                  • Value the contribution of all
                                  • Work together to drive improvement
                                  • Listen and communicate effectively
                                  • Strive for local solutions
                                  • Invest in actions that will improve outcomes

                                  Having considered the feedback from the period of early engagement alongside the statutory duties of the local authority and health services the following key strategic aims have been developed:

                                  • Early identification of need of children and young people with SEND
                                  • Working together to provide high quality services and provision at the right time
                                  • Improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND
                                  • Strengthen communication, engagement and co-production with parents/carers, children and young people
                                  • Preparing young people for adulthood
                                  • Achieving best value

                                  Under each strategic aim, and based on feedback, we have set out why it is important, what we envisage success will look like and what we intend to do. More information is available in our draft strategy.

                                  Please tell us your views

                                  Ourselves and the CCG’s that serve North Yorkshire are keen to hear your comments and feedback on the proposal to agree a joint strategy for the local area. Any member of the public and interested organisations can comment on the proposal.

                                  We have tried to ensure giving feedback is as easy as possible by a range of different methods as follows:

                                  • Engagement sessions for parents/carers and all professionals
                                  • Survey
                                  • Children and young people engagement sessions facilitated by North Yorkshire Voice

                                  The dates and times of engagement sessions for Parents/Carers:

                                  Date

                                  Time

                                  Wednesday 10 November

                                  10am

                                  Wednesday 17 November

                                  6pm

                                  Thursday 18 November

                                  10am

                                  Monday 22 November

                                  6pm

                                  The dates and times of engagement sessions for all professionals:

                                  Date

                                  Time

                                  Thursday 11 November

                                  10am

                                  Monday 15 November

                                  10am

                                  Thursday 18 November

                                  6pm

                                  Monday 22 November

                                  10am

                                  Sign up to attend an engagement session here.

                                  Please let us know what you think online.

                                  We will not be able to offer an individual response to your feedback.

                                  You can request a hard copy or alternative format of the survey by emailing SEND@northyorks.gov.uk or by writing to:

                                  Central Admin Team
                                  North Yorkshire County Council
                                  County Hall
                                  Northallerton
                                  North Yorkshire
                                  DL7 8AE

                                  If you want this information in another language you can find more information here, or email SEND@northyorks.gov.uk

                                  Children and Young People - North Yorkshire Voice will be running a number of focus groups and activities to help young people share their views. If you are a young person, and would like to tell us your thoughts on this consultation, please contact North Yorkshire Voice at NYvoice@northyorks.gov.uk

                                   Read the SEND strategy focus group report here. (pdf / 2 MB)

                                  Deadline for your Feedback

                                  The consultation is open from 14 October 2021 and ends at midnight on 2 December 2021. We will not be able to consider feedback after this date.

                                  After the consultation closes

                                  At the end of the consultation period all partners will review the feedback and produce a summary report showing the themes and any issues raised, which will be reviewed by the County Council Executive for a decision in early 2022. Responses from individuals will be anonymised.

                                  A summary of the consultation responses and next steps will be available to view online when the consultation has closed.

                                  This consultation closed on closed on 4th January 2022.


                                  In accordance with our statutory duty under The School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulation 2012 we are consulting on proposed school admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools 2023/2024.

                                  The consultation closes on 3 December 2021. If you wish to respond, please email schoolorganisation@northyorks.gov.uk

                                  Voluntary Aided, Foundation, Academy, UTC and Free Schools

                                  The determination of admission arrangements for Voluntary Aided, Foundation, Academy, UTC and Free Schools is a matter for the schools’ governing bodies as the admission authority for the school.  Any comments relating to a Voluntary Aided, Foundation, Academy, UTC or Free Schools should be addressed directly to the contact details as shown.

                                  The following schools are currently consulting on their own admission arrangements:

                                  School

                                  Contact details

                                   All Saints Church of England Primary School (pdf / 228 KB) admin@allsaints.ycway.uk - This consultation closes on 12th January 2022.
                                   Coast and Vale Admissions Policy (pdf / 221 KB) c.ferguson@coastandvale.academy
                                   Hampsthwaite Church of England Primary School (pdf / 226 KB) admin@hampsthwaite.ycway.uk - This consultation closes on 12th January 2022.
                                   North Rigton Church of England Primary School (pdf / 234 KB) admin@northrigton.ycway.uk - This consultation closes on 12th January 2022.
                                   Oatlands Infant School (pdf / 225 KB) admin@oatlandsinf.ycway.uk - This consultation closes on 12th January 2022.
                                   Pannal Primary School (pdf / 225 KB) admin@pannal.ycway.uk - This consultation closes on 12th January 2022.
                                   Richard Taylor Church of England Primary School (pdf / 259 KB) admin@richardtaylor.ycway.uk - This consultation closes on 12th January 2022.
                                   Skipton Parish Church of England Primary School (pdf / 291 KB) admin@parish.ycst.co.uk - This consultation closes on 12th January 2022.
                                   St. Aidan’s Church of England High School (pdf / 238 KB) admissions@staidans.co.uk - This consultation closes on 12th January 2022.
                                   St. Peter’s Church of England Primary School (pdf / 323 KB) admin@stpeters.ycway.uk - This consultation closes on 12th January 2022.

                                   Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Northallerton (pdf / 530 KB)

                                  St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust - pupil.admissions@smccat.org.uk

                                   St Georges Catholic Primary School, Scarborough (pdf / 508 KB)

                                   St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Malton (pdf / 563 KB)

                                   St Benedict’s Catholic Primary, Ampleforth (pdf / 548 KB)

                                   St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Richmond (pdf / 538 KB)

                                   St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Scarborough (pdf / 537 KB)

                                   St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Pickering (pdf / 891 KB)

                                   The Skipton Academy (pdf / 223 KB) admin@theskiptonacademy.co.uk - This consultation closed on 4th January 2022.

                                   Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy (pdf / 753 KB)

                                  The David Ross Education Trust - office@thomashinderwell.co.uk

                                   Riverside School, Tadcaster (pdf / 459 KB) Ian Yapp, Chief Education Officer, the STAR Multi-Academy Trust, c/o Riverside School, Wetherby Road, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, LS24 9JN – Please note that this consultation closes 17 January 2022.
                                   St Martin’s CE VA Primary School, Scarborough (pdf / 813 KB) admin@st-martins.n-yorks.sch.uk – please note that this consultation closes on 31 January 2022.
                                   Egton CE VA Primary School (pdf / 1 MB) Admissions, Egton CE VA Primary School, Egton, Whitby, YO21 1UT – please note that this consultation ends on 14 January 2022
                                   Barlby High School (pdf / 561 KB) The Chair of the Trust Board Hope Sentamu Learning Trust c/o Rawcliffe Drive Clifton (Without) York YO30 6ZS
                                   Graham School (pdf / 646 KB)
                                   George Pindar School (pdf / 590 KB)
                                   Ermysted’s Grammar School (pdf / 569 KB) admissions@ermysteds.uk

                                  This consultation ended on 2 December 2021.


                                  We are keen to hear what you think of the proposal to make changes to the residential offer at Welburn Hall School to accommodate children and young people aged 8 to 19, who have communication and interaction needs (including Autism) and / or learning disability, where there is an assessed need for residential provision. Residential provision would be extended to be available up to a term time basis,38 weeks per year, including weekends.

                                  Background

                                  We want all children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND) in North Yorkshire:

                                  • To have the best educational opportunities so that they achieve the best outcomes.
                                  • To be able to attend a school or provision locally, as close to their home as possible, where they can make friends and be part of their local community.
                                  • To make progress with learning, have good social and emotional health, and to prepare them for a fulfilling adult life.

                                  The local authority has a statutory responsibility under the Children and Families Act 2014 to keep its special educational provision under review, to ensure sufficiency in placements to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND). Under the same act the local authority also has responsibility for ensuring that the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND) are suitably assessed and that needs are met.

                                  The current residential offer at Welburn Hall School is for young people aged 16 to 19 who are completing the college course at the school and who have an assessed need for residential provision. Residential placement is available Monday to Friday (4 nights) during term times.

                                  The criteria for assessing a young person’s need for residential provision was updated and agreed in 2017. Since this time the numbers of young people entering into the residential provision at Welburn Hall have been declining. It is forecast that this will make the current residential offer unviable for the school within the next 3 years. This would result in us having no residential offer for children and young people with communication and interaction needs and / or learning disability. 

                                  The current offer at Welburn Hall School results in children and young people with communication and interaction needs and / or learning disability who require residential placement prior to age 16 being placed in Independent settings, sometimes out of county away from their family and community. 

                                  Benefits of the proposed residential offer

                                  The advantages that such an offer aims to bring are:

                                  • For young people with communication and interaction needs, who have an assessed need for residential placement, to be able to attend a school locally.
                                  • To be able to offer the right support for young people and their families at the right time – residential provision available to meet assessed need for children and young people with communication and interaction needs from age 8.
                                  • To seek best use of resources for the local population.

                                  Please tell us your views

                                  Before any changes are made to the residential offer at Welburn Hall School, we are keen to consult with any stakeholders who may be affected by the arrangement. It is important to us that we gather and listen to feedback about the proposal and ensure all considerations have been taken into account. In undertaking this consultation, we are required to follow good practice guidance.

                                  We keen to hear your comments and feedback on the proposal to make changes to the residential offer at Welburn Hall School to enable children and young people from age 8 to 19 with an assessed need for residential provision to be placed here. Residential provision would be available on a term time basis, 38 weeks per year, including weekends. Any member of the public and interested organisations can comment on the proposal.

                                  We have tried to ensure giving feedback is as easy as possible by a range of different methods as follows:

                                  • Engagement sessions for parents/carers and all professionals
                                  • Survey
                                  • Children and young people engagement sessions facilitated by North Yorkshire Voice

                                  The dates and times of engagement sessions for Parents/Carers of children at school:

                                  Date

                                  Time

                                  Wednesday 3 November

                                  6pm

                                  Friday 5 November

                                  10am

                                  The dates and times of engagement sessions for Parents/Carers of other children:

                                  Date

                                  Time

                                  Monday 8 November

                                  9:30am

                                  Tuesday 9 November

                                  6pm

                                  The dates and times of engagement sessions for all professionals:

                                  Date

                                  Time

                                  Tuesday 9 November

                                  9:30am

                                  Friday 12 November

                                  10:30am

                                  Sign up to attend an engagement session here.

                                  Please let us know what you think online.

                                  Complete the survey

                                  We will not be able to offer an individual response to your feedback.

                                  You can request a hard copy of the survey by emailing SEND@northyorks.gov.uk or by writing to:

                                  Central Admin Team
                                  North Yorkshire County Council
                                  County Hall
                                  Northallerton
                                  North Yorkshire
                                  DL7 8AE

                                  If you would like the information on this page and the survey in a different format, please email SEND@northyorks.gov.uk or write to the address above.

                                  If you want this information in another language you can find more information here, or email SEND@northyorks.gov.uk

                                  Children and Young People - North Yorkshire Voice will be running a number of focus groups and activities to help young people share their views. If you are a young person, and would like to tell us your thoughts on this consultation, please contact North Yorkshire Voice at NYvoice@northyorks.gov.uk  

                                  Deadline for your Feedback

                                  The consultation is open from 14 October 2021 and ends at midnight on 2 December 2021. We will not be able to consider feedback after this date.

                                  After the consultation closes

                                  At the end of the consultation period we will review the feedback and produce a summary report showing the themes and issues raised, which will be reviewed by the County Council Executive for a decision. Responses from individuals will be anonymised.

                                  A summary of the consultation responses and next steps will be available.

                                  Please contact us using one of the methods outlined above to request details as hard copies.

                                  Frequently asked questions

                                  What is this consultation about?

                                  This consultation is about our proposed changes to the residential offer at Welburn Hall School to accommodate children and young people aged 8-19, who have communication and interaction needs (including Autism) and / or learning disability, where there is an assessed need for residential provision. Residential provision would be extended to be available on a term time basis, 38 weeks per year, including weekends.

                                  Why do we need to change the residential off at Welburn Hall School?

                                  The current residential offer at Welburn Hall School is for young people aged 16-19 who are completing the college course at the school and who have an assessed need for residential provision. This offer results in children and young people with communication and interaction needs and / or learning disability who require residential placement prior to age 16 being placed in Independent settings, sometimes out of county away from their family and community. 

                                  It is forecast that the current residential offer will become unviable for the school within the next 3 years. This would result in us having no residential offer for children and young people with communication and interaction needs and / or learning disability.

                                  What difference will the proposed changes make to young people who attend Welburn Hall School?

                                  Young people who attend Welburn Hall school will welcome a wider cohort of learners into their school community. 

                                  Families of current pupils of Welburn Hall School who have an assessed need for residential placement will be able to consider this at the age that it is needed rather than for post 16 only.

                                  Young people moving onto the post 16 college course will attend as day pupils unless there is an assessed need for residential placement.

                                  How will you consult with stakeholders and when?

                                  The consultation will start on 13 October 2021 and conclude on 1 December 2021. Every effort will be made to ensure stakeholders have the opportunity to find out about the proposal and give feedback. We are making contact with known networks and those who represent stakeholders to provide relevant information and offer a full briefing if required. The consultation is for 7 weeks and we hope this will give stakeholders the opportunity to comment.

                                  How will the changes to the residential offer improve SEND services for people who use them?

                                  Young people with communication and interaction needs and / or learning disability who have an assessed need for residential placement will be able to attend a school locally.

                                  Young people and their families will be better able to access the right support at the right time since residential provision will be available to meet assessed need for children and young people with communication and interaction needs and / or learning disability from age 8.

                                  What are the next steps?

                                  Consultation responses and feedback will be collated and reviewed by us at the end of the consultation period. A summary report showing the themes and issues raised will be published on this page.

                                  This consultation closed on 2 December 2021.


                                  Summary

                                  The overall objective of the SEND Local Area Strategy is to set the future direction and coordination of support for children and young people with SEND across North Yorkshire. This strategy aims to ensure that statutory partners and key stakeholders have shared aims and ambitions for children and young people with SEND and are working together to provide high quality services.

                                  Our ambition and aim is that all children and young people with SEND have improved outcomes which will ensure they are well prepared for a happy, healthy and fulfilling adult life. Working in partnership with all stakeholders is of critical importance to ensure that children and young people have their needs identified early so that support can be more effective.

                                  Following a period of early, informal engagement in June and July 2021, in partnership with local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG's), we are seeking views on six key strategic aims developed from feedback of stakeholders.

                                  Background

                                  The number of children and young people identified as having SEND in North Yorkshire has increased since the introduction of the SEND reforms in 2014 through the Children and Families Act and is predicted to continue to do so.

                                  The proportion of the mainstream school population at SEN support has increased from 10.8% in 2017 to 12.32% in 2021 in primary schools and from 6.5% to 10.44% in secondary schools. In addition, the number of children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) increased from 1938 in 2015/16 to 3574 in 2020/21. This is a 84.4% rise.

                                  There is a need to develop a new Local Area Strategy for SEND that covers education, health and social care for children and young people aged 0 to 25.

                                  The overarching Local Area Strategy will go beyond the local authorities statutory duties with regards to SEND Education Provision, as set out in our most recent SEND Plan, and include how we work with all partners including young people, parents/carers and Clinical Commissioning Groups to improve outcomes of children and young people.

                                  A Local Area Strategy will ensure that:

                                  • The work that is being, or needs to be, done to ensure children and young people in North Yorkshire with SEND have the best opportunities, provision and outcomes, is agreed, understood, delivered and monitored.
                                  • Children and young people with SEND and their families in partnership with those working with them from education, health and social care can shape the way forward.

                                  Recent developments for key stakeholders also means that is timely to now review the strategic direction of the Local Area in relation to SEND and develop a new strategy that is co-produced and implemented moving forward. These key developments include:

                                  • The relaunch of the North Yorkshire parent/carer forum and the rebrand as Parent Carer Voice North Yorkshire, with a strong focus on co-production.
                                  • The restructure of the Inclusion service in our Childrens' and Young People Service.
                                  • Recent review of Social Care support for Disabled Children
                                  • The reorganisation of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), in particular the new North Yorkshire CCG.

                                  Local Area SEND Strategy:

                                  The proposed strategy will establish the following key principles:

                                  • Be ambitious for all children
                                  • Value the contribution of all
                                  • Work together to drive improvement
                                  • Listen and communicate effectively
                                  • Strive for local solutions
                                  • Invest in actions that will improve outcomes

                                  Having considered the feedback from the period of early engagement alongside the statutory duties of the local authority and health services the following key strategic aims have been developed:

                                  • Early identification of need of children and young people with SEND
                                  • Working together to provide high quality services and provision at the right time
                                  • Improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND
                                  • Strengthen communication, engagement and co-production with parents/carers, children and young people
                                  • Preparing young people for adulthood
                                  • Achieving best value

                                  Under each strategic aim, and based on feedback, we have set out why it is important, what we envisage success will look like and what we intend to do. More information is available in our draft strategy.

                                  Please tell us your views

                                  Ourselves and the CCG’s that serve North Yorkshire are keen to hear your comments and feedback on the proposal to agree a joint strategy for the local area. Any member of the public and interested organisations can comment on the proposal.

                                  We have tried to ensure giving feedback is as easy as possible by a range of different methods as follows:

                                  • Engagement sessions for parents/carers and all professionals
                                  • Survey
                                  • Children and young people engagement sessions facilitated by North Yorkshire Voice

                                  The dates and times of engagement sessions for Parents/Carers:

                                  Date

                                  Time

                                  Wednesday 10 November

                                  10am

                                  Wednesday 17 November

                                  6pm

                                  Thursday 18 November

                                  10am

                                  Monday 22 November

                                  6pm

                                  The dates and times of engagement sessions for all professionals:

                                  Date

                                  Time

                                  Thursday 11 November

                                  10am

                                  Monday 15 November

                                  10am

                                  Thursday 18 November

                                  6pm

                                  Monday 22 November

                                  10am

                                  Sign up to attend an engagement session here.

                                  Please let us know what you think online.

                                  Complete the survey

                                  We will not be able to offer an individual response to your feedback.

                                  You can request a hard copy or alternative format of the survey by emailing SEND@northyorks.gov.uk or by writing to:

                                  Central Admin Team
                                  North Yorkshire County Council
                                  County Hall
                                  Northallerton
                                  North Yorkshire
                                  DL7 8AE

                                  If you want this information in another language you can find more information here, or email SEND@northyorks.gov.uk

                                  Children and Young People - North Yorkshire Voice will be running a number of focus groups and activities to help young people share their views. If you are a young person, and would like to tell us your thoughts on this consultation, please contact North Yorkshire Voice at NYvoice@northyorks.gov.uk

                                   Read the SEND strategy focus group report here. (pdf / 2 MB)

                                  Deadline for your Feedback

                                  The consultation is open from 14 October 2021 and ends at midnight on 2 December 2021. We will not be able to consider feedback after this date.

                                  After the consultation closes

                                  At the end of the consultation period all partners will review the feedback and produce a summary report showing the themes and any issues raised, which will be reviewed by the County Council Executive for a decision in early 2022. Responses from individuals will be anonymised.

                                  A summary of the consultation responses and next steps will be available to view online when the consultation has closed.

                                  This consultation closed on 15 November 2021


                                  The projects are part of the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme, a major new programme of investment aimed at making it easier to walk, cycle and use public transport.

                                  Consultations took place earlier this year on the early designs of the schemes, and after consideration of that feedback those designs have been amended. We now want your views on the revised proposals.

                                  This is the next stage in projects worth a total of £42m across Skipton, Harrogate and Selby delivered in partnership by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, North Yorkshire County Council, Craven District Council, Harrogate Borough Council and Selby District Council.

                                  We want to know what you think about the revised proposals and will be hosting a series of online events where you can hear more and ask questions, before completing the online survey.

                                  We are keen to hear how well these revised designs meet the objectives of opening up the towns’ gateways to facilitate and encourage cycling and walking and improve the quality and sense of identity in these locations. You can also help to define the final look of the schemes by giving your views on details like benches and planting

                                  What to do next

                                  Have your say!

                                  We want as many people, businesses and organisations as possible to fill in the online survey and help shape the projects for each town.

                                  Fill in the online survey.

                                  The link above will take you to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority ‘Your Voice’ website, where you can read the proposals for each town, watch videos and see artist’s impressions of the plans. You can also fill in a survey about the proposals you want to comment on, on the above page.

                                  The consultation is running from 18 October 2021 until to 12 November 2021.

                                  Details of how to request accessible formats and give your feedback in other ways are also on the above page.

                                  Attend a live event

                                  Click the links below to attend a live event and hear about the proposals for your town.

                                  Scheme

                                  Date and Time

                                  Join

                                  Selby

                                  Tuesday 19 October at 6pm

                                  Join the Selby event on 19 October

                                  Skipton

                                  Wednesday 20 October at 6pm

                                  Join the Skipton event on 20 October

                                  Harrogate

                                  Thursday 21 October at 6pm

                                  Join the Harrogate event on 21 October

                                  Harrogate

                                  Thursday 28 October at 6pm

                                  Join the Harrogate event on 28 October

                                  Skipton

                                  Wednesday 3 November at 6pm

                                  Join the Skipton event on 3 November

                                  Selby

                                  Thursday 4 November at 6pm

                                  Join the Selby event on 4 November

                                  This consultation closed on 8 November 2021


                                  Introduction

                                  We want to enter into a formal partnership agreement with NHS North Yorkshire CCG (NYCCG) to jointly commission a Targeted and School Based Emotional Wellbeing Service in North Yorkshire on our behalf. This is referred to as a ‘Section 75 Partnership Agreement’.

                                  Section 75 of the National Health Service Act 2006 enables Councils and NHS bodies to work in partnership. The proposed partnership will be for a period of 3 years with a proposed extension of another 2 years following a review.

                                  In keeping with good practice and NHS Act requirements, as potential partners, we want to consult with stakeholders who may be affected by such an agreement being in place.

                                  We have a shared vision to provide an integrated approach to prevention and early help, to try to improve children’s emotional wellbeing and prevent issues escalating.

                                  Both organisations believe that by coordinating this offer and integrating commissioning activity it will enable the best use of resources and ensure that as many young people benefit from this support as possible.

                                  The CCG and the County Council are keen to hear what you think about us using a Section 75 agreement to deliver this service.

                                  1. Background

                                  The County Council and NYCCG are committed to improving children’s’ emotional wellbeing.

                                  The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out a review of mental health services in North Yorkshire during September 2017 which indicated a requirement for clearer entry points to emotional mental health support. Feedback gathered from professionals, family and children as part of the engagement supported this view. By us working with CCGs in North Yorkshire to jointly commission this work we will be taking steps to ensure that:

                                  • future services are more closely aligned;
                                  • seamless pathways between services are promoted, breaking down barriers between services including universal, targeted and specialist services;
                                  • the services are aligned with the proposals in the Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision green paper, which provides a significant step towards a new joined up approach to mental health support.

                                  2. Benefits of a partnership approach

                                  The advantages that such an arrangement aims to bring are:

                                  • better planning and commissioning to the meet the needs of the local population;
                                  • a shared vision of the benefits that the partnership is intended to achieve;
                                  • jointly agreed objectives of what the partnership wants to achieve;
                                  • to seek best use of resources for the local population;
                                  • streamlining service;
                                  • reducing bureaucracy;
                                  • mutual learning to inform service improvement.

                                  Please tell us your views

                                  It is important that we gather and listen to feedback about the proposal and ensure all considerations have been taken into account.

                                  If the proposal being consulted on is supported, we and NHS North Yorkshire CCG will use the legislation to put in place a formal partnership agreement to jointly commission a Targeted and School Based Emotional Wellbeing Service in North Yorkshire. The partnership agreement acts as a mechanism to do this.

                                  We are keen to hear your comments and feedback on the proposal to enter into a partnership agreement. Any member of the public and interested organisations can comment on the proposal. This is a 60 day consultation beginning on 10th September 21 and ending at midnight 8th November 2021.

                                  You can tell us your views and give us your suggestions in the following ways:

                                  Fill in the online survey.

                                  Please do not include any personal identifiable information in any of your answers that could identify yourself or another individual.

                                  We will not be able to offer an individual response to your feedback.

                                  If you would like the information on this page and the survey in a different format, please email EmotionalHealth.AndWellbeing@northyorks.gov.uk  or write to the address above. An easy read version of the survey is available on request.

                                  Find out more about accessing this information in another language.

                                  Or email EmotionalHealth.AndWellbeing@northyorks.gov.uk or call our customer service centre on 01609 780780.

                                  You can also send your views on the proposals by email to EmotionalHealth.AndWellbeing@northyorks.gov.uk

                                  Or write to us at:

                                  Healthy Child Section 75 Consultation
                                  Central Admin Team
                                  North Yorkshire County Council
                                  County Hall
                                  Northallerton
                                  North Yorkshire
                                  DL7 8AE

                                  You can read our privacy notice for this consultation here.

                                  References

                                  Frequently asked questions

                                  How long is the consultation?

                                  This is a 60 day consultation beginning on 10th September 21 and ending at midnight 8th November 2021. We will not be able to consider feedback after this date.

                                  What is this consultation about?

                                  This consultation is about us entering into a Section 75 Partnership Agreement with NHS North Yorkshire CCG to deliver a Targeted and School Based Emotional Wellbeing Service for young people in North Yorkshire.

                                  Why do we need to put formal agreements in place?

                                  Local Authorities and CCGs operate under different legislation, so there is specific statutory provision that is designed to enable joint working between the two parties. Section 75 of the National Health Service Act 2006 states that Local Authorities and NHS bodies (including CCGs) can enter into partnership arrangements to provide a more streamlined service and to pool resources, if such arrangements are likely to lead to an improvement in the way their functions are exercised. The NHS and Local Authorities Partnership Arrangements Regulations 2000 stipulate that partners entering into any partnership agreements [under Section 75 (s75) of the NHS Act 2006] must consult with the public before putting this arrangement in place.

                                  We are committed to the provision of high quality prevention and early intervention services addressing childrens’ emotional wellbeing. The arrangement aims to provide joined up provision that is easy to access and is well-co-ordinated to meet local need. The Partnership Agreement (referred to as “Section 75 Partnership Agreement”) provides us with a mechanism to formalise arrangements to support improved flexibility and greater efficiency, better integration and, in turn, improve outcomes for children, young people and families.

                                  What difference will the partnership agreement make to people who use services?

                                  The agreement will better enable both partners to continue to work together to improve the planning and delivery of childrens’ emotional wellbeing services.

                                  How will you consult with stakeholders and when?

                                  The consultation will start on 10th September 2021 and conclude on 8 November 2021. Every effort will be made to ensure stakeholders have the opportunity to find out about the proposal and give feedback. We are making contact with known networks and those who represent stakeholders to provide relevant information and offer a full briefing if required. The consultation is for 60 days and we hope this will give stakeholders the opportunity to comment.

                                  How will this partnership agreement improve services for people who use them?

                                  It is proposed the length of partnership agreement will be 5 years allowing us to take a more flexible, local and tailored approach to delivering services and be more responsive to the needs of service users. It will allow flexible change and continuous review and help transform the service using the resources available.

                                  Will this consultation or proposed agreement affect service delivery models?

                                  We are already working together to improve how services for children, young people and families are provided and we will continue to engage with stakeholders to inform this work. The proposal is to use the agreement to deliver a Targeted and School Based Emotional Wellbeing Service.

                                  How will any formal agreement be monitored?

                                  We already have regular meetings in place as part of the Mental Health and Learning Disability Partnership. This provides the opportunity to review how the services are performing and identify opportunities to work more effectively across the system. One of the benefits of developing this partnership agreement is the flexibility this presents in terms of acting on further opportunities for improved delivery, efficiency and outcomes for children, young people and families.  Both organisations propose to implement regular review points for the partnership.

                                  What happens after the consultation closes?

                                  Consultation responses and feedback will be collated and reviewed by us and NHS North Yorkshire CCG at the end of the consultation period. A summary report showing the themes and issues raised will be published on this page.

                                  This will be reviewed by the County Council Executive before they reach a decision. Responses from individuals will be anonymised.

                                  A summary of the consultation responses and next steps will be available to view on this page and on the NYCCG website. The Section 75 Agreement would be in place, subject to the outcome of the consultation from 1 April 2022.

                                  Please contact us using one of the methods outlined above to request details as hard copies.

                                  What are the next steps?

                                  Consultation responses and feedback will be collated and reviewed by us and NHS North Yorkshire CCG at the end of the consultation period. A summary report showing the themes and issues raised will be published on this page. The Section 75 Agreement would be in place, subject to the outcome of the consultation from 1 April 2022.

                                  This consultation closed on  1 October 2021.


                                  This consultation is discussing the proposal to lower the age range at Barrowcliff Community Primary School.

                                  1.0 Purpose of the report

                                  1.1 To report the outcome of informal consultation carried out by the Governors of Barrowcliff Community Primary School.

                                  1.2 To seek approval for the publication of proposals and statutory notices to lower the age range of Barrowcliff Community Primary School.

                                  1.3 To ask the Executive (or the Executive Member for Education and Skills if there are no objections during the representation period) to schedule taking a final decision on the proposal at their meeting on 23 November 2021.

                                  2.0 Executive summary

                                  2.1 The Governing Body of Barrowcliff CP School has asked the Local Authority to propose lowering of the age range of their school from 3-11 to 2-11 in order to offer education for 2 year old children. 

                                  2.2 This report is supported by a number of appendices as listed below:

                                  Appendix 1: Consultation document
                                  Appendix 2: Consultation Responses 
                                  Appendix 3: Statutory Proposal
                                  Appendix 4: Draft Statutory Notice
                                  Appendix 5: Equality Impact Assessment

                                  3.0 Background

                                  3.1 Eligible two-year-old children are entitled to up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per year of government-funded Early Years education and care from the term following their second birthday until the term following their third birthday. The government funded entitlement may be taken in a maintained school nursery and/or in an Ofsted registered private and voluntary sector provision. The funding may be split between more than one provider. It is parental choice as to which type of provision is the most appropriate for their child and which meets their individual circumstances.

                                  4.0 The proposal

                                  4.1 Barrowcliff School is proposing to provide places for two-year-old children as an extension of the current nursery class provision in the school, by the creation of an additional ‘Early Years’ class. The Early Years Class would have a qualified Early Years teacher and suitably qualified and experienced teaching assistant(s) who will provide a high-quality learning environment to support each child’s learning and development appropriate to their age and stage of development. It will be in line with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with at least one member of staff for every four children who are aged two.

                                  4.2 There will be high quality play-based provision for the two-year-old children in the new class which meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) including role play, sand, water, construction, access to books and reading, mark making and opportunities for outdoor learning. The room will be equipped with suitable furniture, equipment and resources which will support two-year-old children’s learning and development. There will be free flow between areas, including outside, offering children a choice of activities and allowing them to engage in learning which is relevant and appropriate to their stage of development. They will be supported by knowledgeable and appropriately trained adults who are in tune with each individual child’s needs. The Early Years class will be situated in a suite of rooms adjoining the school office and reception area and the outdoor spaces directly outside the rooms. Children will also have access to the existing Nursery outdoor area.

                                  4.2 Barrowcliff School is proposing that the new ‘early years’ class will provide up to 12 places per morning or afternoon session for two year old children.

                                  4.3 Priority for admission of nursery-aged children will be determined by the County Council’s Admissions Policy for Nurseries.  This is separate from admissions to the school, which are determined by the County Council’s policy for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools. Attendance in Nursery does not provide priority for admission to the Reception year.

                                  4.4 The School Leadership report that they have had many enquiries over the last few years from parents asking if they have places for 2-year-olds in the current Nursery. Although none of these parents responded to the consultation, since it was published, they have had many conversations with current parents, who have younger children, and they have expressed a keen interest to have their children attend our Nursery when they are 2 years old. They say they have been very happy with the provision the school offers for 3-year-olds, and they feel that their younger children would benefit from being in the school’s Nursery from an earlier age.

                                  4.5 From an educational point of view, there has been a significant decline in the number of children reaching age-typical milestones in Barrowcliff’s Nursery baseline assessments. This has been across all curriculum areas, but especially within Communication & Language. The school leadership feel that having the children in Nursery from the age of two will enable them to narrow the attainment gap, as the majority of children who attend their Nursery from the age of 3 years make better than typical progress and this continues into Reception. They believe they will also be able to engage outside agency support sooner for those children with significant additional needs.

                                  5.0 Issues to consider

                                  5.1 The effect the proposals would have on existing providers must be considered. Local pre-school providers within a 2 mile radius have been consulted and given the opportunity to make their views known on the proposal. 

                                  6.0 Consultation undertaken and analysis of responses

                                  6.1 From Friday 14 May to Friday 18 June the Governing Body of Barrowcliff Community Primary School consulted the local community on their proposal. The consultation document, which is appended to this report (as Appendix 1), was sent out to parents, local stakeholders, and other Early Years providers.

                                  6.2 6 responses to the consultation have been received (Appendix 2).

                                  6.3 All 6 responses supported the proposal. These were made up of 4 responses from Staff, 1 from a Parish Council and 1 from the Headteacher of a neighbouring school.

                                  6.4 Barrowcliff Governing Board met (virtually) on 21 June reviewed the consultation responses (Appendix 2) and confirmed that they wish to ask the LA to continue with the statutory proposal.

                                  7.0 Financial implications

                                  7.1 School revenue funding

                                  The school is currently projecting a surplus of £4.8k in 2021/22. £33.9k is also projected for 2022/23, £17.5k in 2023/24. The Governing Body and the Headteacher have modelled the potential income and costs of running nursery-aged provision and feel that this is financially viable. 

                                  7.2 Capital Implications

                                  The school has worked with Local Authority Officers from the Early Years Team and Health and Safety Team to identify a suitable space within their existing buildings. This will be funded from their existing Devolved Capital budget.

                                  7.3 Transport costs

                                  There are no transport costs related to this proposal.

                                  8.0 Legal implications

                                  8.1 The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013 set out the manner in which prescribed alterations could be made to maintained schools. The statutory guidance ‘Making Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools’ was updated in October 2018. Careful attention has been paid to this guidance throughout the process.

                                  9.0 Human rights implications

                                  9.1 There are no Human Rights issues in relation to this decision.

                                  10.0 Other implications

                                  10.1 An Equality Impact Assessment has been undertaken in respect of this change and is attached at Appendix 5. The County Council’s Officers feel that this decision is in the best interests of children and families served by the school to ensure quality early years education provision is provided in the area.

                                  11.0 Conclusion

                                  11.1 The consultation process has revealed support for the proposal. The Governing Body considered the consultation responses on 21 June and voted in favour of proceeding to seek the approval of the Executive to publish statutory notices.

                                  12.0 Next steps

                                  12.1 It is proposed to publish proposals and statutory notices on 1 October 2021. The proposals would be published on the County Council’s website and the statutory notice would be published in a local newspaper and displayed at the main entrance to the school. This would provide four weeks for any further representations to be made to the Local Authority by 29 October.

                                  12.2 The Executive agreed a model for decision making on school organisation proposals on 25 September 2007. If approval is given to publish statutory proposals and notices, it is proposed that a final decision is taken by the Executive on 23 November 2021 (or by the Executive Member for Education and Skills if there are no objections during the representation period).

                                  12.3 The key dates are shown below:

                                  Consultation 14 May – 18 June 2021
                                  Governing Body consider consultation responses and vote to proceed 21 June 2021
                                  County Council’s Executive decision to publish statutory notices 21 September 2021
                                  Statutory notices published  1 October 2021
                                  Representation period (4 weeks) 1 October – 29 October 2021

                                  Final decision by County Council’s Executive

                                  (or by the Executive Member for Education and Skills if there are no objections during the representation period)

                                  23 November 2021
                                  Implementation 1 January 2022

                                  13.0 Recommendations

                                  13.1 That proposals and statutory notices be published on 1 October to lower the school age range of Barrowcliff Community Primary School from 1 January 2022.

                                  13.2 That the Executive schedule taking a final decision on these proposals on 23 November 2021.

                                  Stuart Carlton
                                  Corporate Director – Children and Young People’s Service
                                  Report prepared by Matt George – Strategic Planning Officer

                                  This consultation closed on 4 October.


                                  See information about proposals for the future of Sexual Health Services in North Yorkshire and have your say on them.

                                  Background

                                  North Yorkshire covers 3,000 square miles ranging from isolated rural settlements and farms to market towns and larger urban conurbations such as Harrogate and Scarborough. Whilst North Yorkshire is in overall terms more affluent than a typical local authority in England, there are nevertheless areas of profound deprivation, including some parts of the County ranked within the 20% most deprived areas in England.

                                  Sexual and reproductive health is not just about preventing disease or infection. It also means promoting good sexual health in a wider context, including relationships, sexuality and sexual rights. 

                                  Most adults are sexually active and good sexual health matters to individuals and communities. Sexual health needs vary according to factors such as age, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity. However, there are certain core needs common to everyone, including high-quality information and education enabling people to make informed decisions, and access to high-quality services, treatment and interventions. However, poor sexual health outcomes fall disproportionately on certain groups. Sexual health is therefore an important component of public health.

                                  The impact of STI's remains greatest in:

                                  • young heterosexuals ages 15 to 24 years
                                  • black minority ethnic population
                                  • gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM)
                                  • people in the most deprived deciles

                                  Young people experience the highest diagnosis rate of the most common STI's

                                  Since 1 April 2013, local authorities have been mandated to ensure that comprehensive, open access, confidential sexual health services are available to all people who are present in their area (whether resident in that area or not). The requirement for Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) and Contraception and Sexual Health (CaSH) services to be provided on an open access basis is stipulated in the Local Authorities (Public Health Functions and Entry to Premises by Local Healthwatch Representatives) Regulations 2013.

                                  We recognise that the specialist sexual health service operates as part of a wider sexual health system across North Yorkshire; including Primary Care, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England. This service will not work in isolation from the wider range of services and workforces, but services commissioned by other organisations such as the NHS England are out of scope from this consultation.

                                  North Yorkshire ranks 26th out of 149 Local Authorities across England for sexual and reproductive health outcomes. In comparison to our 16 nearest comparator councils (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)) North Yorkshire ranks 2nd for sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

                                  Sexual and reproductive health summary rank (2017/18)

                                  • Best: Devon - 1
                                  • North Yorkshire - 2
                                  • Worst: Staffordshire - 16

                                  (PHE Fingertips).

                                  The existing service, for the last seven years (branded YorSexualHealth) delivered by York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation has a proven record of accomplishment and is a well-regarded specialist sexual health service across North Yorkshire. The service delivers high quality, free, confidential and friendly sexual health provision across the county accessed via face-to-face clinics, online and telephone.

                                  As COVID-19 continues and infection rates remain high we want to ensure that everyone who needs contraception, and other types of sexual and reproductive healthcare, stays informed about changes to services and that they can continue to access services  when they are needed.

                                  North Yorkshire County Council in partnership with York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is proposing to change some aspects of the sexual health service. In a national and local context of reducing Public Health budgets, as well as the learning from COVID-19, we need to ensure that the service is affordable, continues to provide value for money and evolves to meet the needs of our residents.

                                  We want to hear your views about these proposed changes and how best to implement them.

                                  The new partnership agreement between North Yorkshire County Council and York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is due to commence on 1 April 2022 for a further 4 year period.

                                  We previously consulted on North Yorkshire County Council and York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust entering into a partnership agreement (known as a S75 Agreement) under section 75 of the National Health Service Act 2006. The Parties intended for the partnership arrangements to commence 1 April 2020 however due to Covid 19 this has been delayed. The partners are consulting on a potential change to sexual health services (this consultation). The partners intend to consult later in the year on the final proposals for the partnership arrangement including content of the S75 Agreement between the partners.

                                  Proposal summary

                                  We (the council and York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) propose to maintain open access (this means that everyone irrespective of age or location or residence or GP registration can access the service directly without referral) to sexual health services with an enhanced targeted approach to those who need it most.  

                                  Under the new proposals, the service will further develop its online offer with more services available remotely; the service will continue face-to-face clinics with a reduction or removal of some community clinics, based on need and footfall. The service will continue to offer the full range of contraception; however, those over 19 years old will be required to access routine repeat contraception from their GP unless emergency contraception is issued. An improved training offer with blended options including interactive webinars, e learning and face-to-face will be available for frontline professionals. Finally, the service will further integrate the counselling and HIV services and the clinical and community development teams to provide a holistic offer to those in greatest need.

                                  The current sexual health service works well and we want to continue what works, within the funding available and to work together with one of our leading, local NHS organisations, to invest in services for the future.

                                  We want to learn from the emergency changes made to the current service during the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

                                  In putting these proposals forward, we are making clear pledges to you.

                                  Our commitments

                                  • We will ensure the service prioritises prevention and early intervention with a focus on young people and most at risk populations.
                                  • We will ensure a skilled and competent sexual health workforce (providing person centred care) delivers the service.
                                  • We will ensure strong clinical leadership within the service that works closely with partners across the local sexual health system.
                                  • We will ensure the service complies with evidence-based practice, but also applies innovative practice, which is evaluated. 
                                  • We will ensure there is rapid and easy access to the Service including in rural areas, delivering services in accessible and appropriate settings.
                                  • We will ensure all contraceptive, Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) diagnosis and treatment provided is delivered in one location as far as is practicably possible.
                                  • We will ensure available resources are focussed on delivering the best possible sexual health outcomes for all people in North Yorkshire. We will keep investment in North Yorkshire, ensuring that people get the service they need within the county.

                                  What is a Sexual Health Service?

                                  An integrated sexual health service provides people of all ages, open access, confidential, non-judgemental services including sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) testing, treatment and management; the full range of contraception provision; health promotion and prevention.

                                  The service currently comprises of the following key elements:

                                  Sexual health promotion and information

                                  Provide evidence based sexual health information including but not limited to information on: pregnancy and abortion, full range of contraception, STI’s and safe sex messages, sexual assault, child sexual exploitation (CSE) and female genital mutilation (FGM).

                                  Contraceptive services

                                  Provide full range of contraceptives including pregnancy testing and counselling about pregnancy choices, supply of condoms, emergency contraception, first prescription and  continuing supply of all contraceptive methods (excluding gynaecological reasons), all follow up appointments, advice about family planning, advice and support experiencing difficulties with choice of contraceptive methods, management of complex contraceptive problems.

                                  STI services

                                  Provide STI services following assessment of need and risk. Tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis and HIV. Hepatitis A and B immunisations. Diagnostics processed and results conveyed quickly and acted upon appropriately. Management of complex and non-complex STIs. Partner notification. Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP, PEPSE) and Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) provision.

                                  Clinical outreach service (under 25’s and those of greatest need)

                                  Clinical outreach provision to those most in need and complex, advice, information, contraception, STI/HIV testing and treatment.

                                  Sexual health counselling

                                  Six 1-hour sessions for people living in North Yorkshire who wish to seek support around different aspects of sex or sexual health.

                                  Community outreach service (targeted most at risk groups)

                                  Community development approaches providing sexual health promotion and prevention to high-risk groups, improve access to HIV/STI diagnostic and treatment interventions. 

                                  Positive support service for people living with HIV and their carers

                                  Support for people living with HIV, self-management, prevention of onward transmission, improve quality of life and independence.

                                  Training

                                  Coordinate and deliver an annual sexual health training programme, tailored to meet the needs of a range of frontline professional staff.

                                  Why are we proposing to make changes to the service?

                                  1. The national Public Health Grant has reduced and is reducing further.

                                    The Central Government grant funding has reduced, this means that North Yorkshire will have less money for the Local Authority to spend on its local public health services, which includes sexual health services.

                                  1. We have learnt from how we have had to respond to COVID-19.

                                    The pandemic has changed how we deliver the current service for the long-term. The profound impact of the virus on society and on public services means that people have been using services differently and staff have developed new roles and skills. As national lockdown is easing, the current service is recovering but it will never return to the pre-pandemic status. This consultation is proposing to implement the learning from our COVID-19 response.

                                  1. Seven years have passed since the Integrated Sexual Health Service first launched.

                                    Although the service has adapted and changed to meet individual and communities needs over the last seven years, it offers an opportunity to review the full service with all the different elements of provision and continue to make improvements.

                                  What difference will the proposed changes make to the current service?

                                  The sexual health service will continue to provide an all age, open access, free confidential service across the county.

                                  However, the proposal is that the service will further develop its current on-line offer with more services available remotely (dependant on risk). These will include:

                                  • An on-line booking system where individuals will be able to book their appointments, create their own confidential individual record where they can track test results and next steps if treatment is required.
                                  • A telephone triage system will continue to operate via highly skilled clinical staff, which will ensure that people reach the right place at the right time. A mobile number for young people will continue to operate for access into the service in a discrete and confidential manner.
                                  • The website will be developed to include more information and advice on self-care. Individuals will be able to self-refer for counselling, access clinical triage and order appropriate STI tests.
                                  • In terms of ordering appropriate on-line STI tests in the new service, STI tests will be personalised specifically to individual risk taking and sexual health history (i.e. HIV & Syphilis).  All tests will only be made available to individuals once every 3 months, unless there is a demonstrated risk. These changes will mean people get the right test for their individual history and risks taken.

                                  There will continue to be an offer of face-to-face clinics across a range of locations five days a week for those who need it. There will be a reduction or removal of some community clinics as the enhanced online and virtual provision takes effect. However, as a minimum the four main hubs across North Yorkshire will remain, these are Harrogate, Northallerton, Scarborough and Selby.

                                  Decisions on which community clinics will continue will be made using the latest available data and demand to ensure service offer reflects the needs of the local population. As a minimum, clinics will remain in Skipton and Catterick Garrison, additional community clinics will continue to evolve and flex over the life of the partnership.

                                  The full range of contraception will remain in place, however if individuals are over 19 years old under the proposed changes, they will no longer be able to access repeat basic contraception (pills, patches, rings) and will be directed to their GP for continuation. One exception to these changes would be if an individual has received emergency contraception within the last 14 days. In this instance, they would still be supported to identify the most appropriate method of contraception for themselves and provided with 3 months’ supply of the chosen method of contraception. The service would then contact the individual’s GP to ensure follow-up, providing a full rationale for the contraceptive choice. Further prescribing would then supplied by the GP. The service will work closely with General Practice and residents to ensure seamless continuity of care.

                                  Under the new proposals front-line professionals within the wider sexual health system, would see an improved training offer. This will include a range of blended training options including interactive webinars, e learning and condensed face-to-face training for clinicians who wish to complete the COIL fitting and removal competencies. This will reduce travel and staff time across the county for training and should increase the uptake of the training on offer.

                                  The service will continue to deliver a counselling and HIV support service. Under the proposed changes, the counselling and HIV services will further integrate to enable a more coordinated approach between professionals to improve the pathways of care for individuals and their carers accessing those services. This multi-disciplinary team will help people manage and reduce risks, ensure access to the full range of integrated sexual and contraceptive health services, support for physical and mental health and wellbeing and structured interventions and support to people living with HIV and their carers.

                                  The service will continue to deliver a clinical and community development offer for high-risk groups. In the new service, practitioners from different disciplines (nurses and community development workers) will work more closely together and use innovative practice to improve reach for those in high-risk groups.  These include for example, drug and alcohol users, sex workers, BAME, LGBTQ+ and homeless communities.

                                  What does our Equality Impact Assessment say?

                                  We have carried out an equality impact assessment (EIA) available here.

                                  Equality impact assessments ensure that our policies, services and legislation do not discriminate against anyone and that we promote equality of opportunity.

                                  We will update the EIA following comments received during the consultation and our Executive and the York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Board will consider it again before a final decision on implementing the re-configured service.

                                  The EIA has identified at this stage that there will not be an impact on individual’s sexual health.

                                  We anticipate that, if the proposals are implemented, the service will have a positive impact on sexual and reproductive health outcomes, with a more responsive service for all. However we will continue to monitor and review the data to address early any adverse impacts.

                                  Take part and tell us your views.

                                  We want to hear your views on the proposals and, in particular on the following questions:

                                  1. We have learned from how we had to adapt during the Covid-19 pandemic, and in future, we want to further the online and telephone remote offer as part of the sexual health service. Do you support a more enhanced online and telephone service to complement face-to-face delivery?
                                  2. Do you support a more personalised offer to sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing across North Yorkshire based on an individual’s level risk and history?
                                  3. Free contraception and advice will continue to be available from the sexual health service. The sexual health service will be able to start an individual on a new contraception method where appropriate; however, people aged over 19 years old will not be offered basic repeat prescriptions. Instead, individuals will be signposted to their GP. What do you feel we need to consider as part of this change?
                                  4. Do you support a more coordinated approach between the sexual health counselling and HIV support services?
                                  5. Do you support a more responsive joined up clinical and community approach to engaging with those with greater levels of risk or need in relation to sexual and reproductive health?
                                  6. Finally, what are the most important issues for you and your sexual and reproductive health?  

                                  You can tell us your views and give us your suggestions in the following ways:

                                  Fill in the online survey.

                                  Please do not include any personal identifiable information in any of your answers that could identify yourself or another individual.

                                  An easy read version of this survey is available on request.

                                  If you would like to request any paper copies of the survey, or require information about the consultation in a different language or a more accessible format please contact nypublichealth@northyorks.gov.uk

                                  Or call our customer service centre on 01609 780780.

                                  You can also send your views on the proposals by email to nypublichealth@northyorks.gov.uk

                                  Or write to us at:

                                  Sexual Health Service Consultation
                                  Central Admin Team
                                  North Yorkshire County Council
                                  County Hall
                                  Northallerton
                                  North Yorkshire
                                  DL7 8AE

                                  How long is the consultation?

                                  This will be a 60-day consultation starting on 4 August 2021 and ending on 4 October 2021.

                                  The consultation and related feedback will enable formal agreements to be in place by 1 April 2022.

                                  What happens after the consultation closes?

                                  The responses received during this public consultation will be considered by North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive, and by York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Board, before any final decision is made.

                                  Subject to the outcome of this consultation and due consideration, it is proposed that the new service will begin on 1 April 2022.

                                  Have your say on advocacy services in North Yorkshire.

                                  We would like to talk to people who are interested in advocacy services in North Yorkshire. This particularly includes people who have used these services and any health and social care staff who have experience of working with advocacy services.

                                  We would like to understand people’s experiences with advocacy services, what they think about current services in North Yorkshire, and what people would like future services to look like.

                                  Background

                                  The contract for the existing adults’ advocacy service will end on 31 March 2022. The Service Development Team in Health and Adult Services is leading on the review of the current service and the development of a new service. This will start on 1st April 2022.

                                  While a lot of what the service does is determined by national legislation, we want to involve people who have been supported by or worked with advocacy services in designing the new service as much as possible.

                                  We are therefore inviting anyone with an interest in advocacy services to speak to us about their views and experiences. The engagement will run until Monday 16 August.

                                  What is advocacy?

                                  Advocacy is when someone supports you to speak up, or speaks up on your behalf, to ensure you are involved in decisions made about you. Some people have a legal right to an advocate.

                                  Find further information about advocacy and the support available in North Yorkshire. You can also call us on 01609 780780.

                                  Further information on the different types of advocacy and what the current service does is available below.

                                  What is changing?

                                  The current contract for an independent advocacy service for adults in North Yorkshire is ending on 31 March 2022. This is a statutory service, meaning that the council has to make sure a new service is in place from 1 April 2022.

                                  There are no plans to fundamentally change what the service does. We are reviewing the service and talking to people to make sure that the new service reflects what is important to people when they are being supported by an advocate, and that they can access the support they need in the way which best suits them.

                                  We are also waiting for more information about Liberty Protection Safeguards and the Mental Health Act review. The Liberty Protection Safeguards will replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, and are due to come into force from April 2022.

                                  We will make sure the new service includes any changes brought in by the Liberty Protection Safeguards and the government’s review into the Mental Health Act.

                                  How people can get involved

                                  There are several different ways people can tell us what they think. These include:

                                  • Completing a short online survey about advocacy. Please contact the team using the details below to request any alternative formats.
                                  • Arranging a phone or video call with a member of the Service Development team.
                                  • If you work in Health and Social Care, arranging for someone from Service Development to attend an upcoming meeting to discuss the engagement and advocacy services

                                  If you would like to speak to someone about any of the above options, please email us at HASservicedevelopment@northyorks.gov.uk or call us on 01609 780780. You can also submit feedback via the Service Development email address.

                                  What does the current service do?

                                  The current adults’ advocacy service is provided by Cloverleaf Advocacy. They provide several different types of advocacy which are explained in the table below.

                                  Type of advocacy

                                  What it means

                                  Care Act Advocacy

                                  The Council needs to involve people in decisions about their care and support needs. This means that if someone has substantial difficulty being involved in a social care process such as an assessment, review of their care and support or a safeguarding process, the Council must provide an advocate if they do not have someone else who can help them.

                                  Non-Statutory Advocacy

                                  People are eligible for non-statutory advocacy in North Yorkshire if they have substantial difficulty being involved in a social care process which is not related to those covered by the Care Act processes.

                                  For example, this could be about access to services, housing or a complaint.

                                  Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy

                                  The Council and NHS organisations must refer someone for an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate if they do not have capacity to make specific decisions and there is no-one who can be consulted about those decisions on their behalf.

                                  This could be about serious medical treatment, a review of their care or where they live.

                                  Independent Mental Health Advocacy

                                  Independent Mental Health Advocates are specially trained to support people with decisions about mental health care and treatment. Hospital and medical staff must make sure that people know about their right to an advocate and make a referral if someone wants or needs an Independent Mental Health Advocate.

                                  Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Relevant Persons Representative (RPR)

                                  If someone’s care is authorised following a Deprivation of Liberty assessment, a representative must be appointed to make sure that the rights of the person being deprived of their liberty are protected.

                                  This can be a friend or family member and is known as a Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR). Anyone who is deprived of their liberty must have an RPR, so if the person’s friends and family cannot do this then an RPR from Cloverleaf is appointed.

                                  In addition to the adults’ advocacy service delivered by Cloverleaf, there are other advocacy services covering North Yorkshire which also come to an end in March next year.

                                  These include the children and young people’s advocacy service delivered by National Youth Advocacy Service and the NHS complaints service delivered by Cloverleaf Advocacy.

                                  This engagement is only looking at the adults’ independent advocacy service. If you would like to submit feedback about the children’s, please email rachel.miller@northyorks.gov.uk ,or to submit feedback about NHS complaints services, please email daniel.harry@northyorks.gov.uk

                                  What happens next?

                                  We are talking to people about advocacy from June until the end of July. We will then make sure we have read through and recorded everything people have told us.

                                  We will be writing a new service specification in August, and we will use what people have said to make sure the new service reflects what is important to people, how they want to be supported and how they want to access that support.

                                  A summary of the feedback we receive will be published on this webpage. If you would like to be notified when this is available or request a copy in a different format, please contact the Service Development team.

                                  Where can I find more information?

                                  Find further information about advocacy and the support available in North Yorkshire. You can also call us on 01609 780780.