Satellite specialist sixth form provision for Springhead School

Proposal to formally confirm the establishment of satellite specialist sixth form provision for Springhead School on the former Graham Lower School site in Scarborough

The  Statutory proposals (pdf / 371 KB) and  Statutory notice (pdf / 361 KB) have been published for this proposal and a representation period is underway closing on 21 May 2020. For full details of the background to the proposal please see all documents below.

Purpose of report

This report details the outcome of the public consultation carried out by the Children and Young People’s Service on the proposals to formally confirm the establishment of satellite specialist sixth form provision for Springhead School on the former Graham Lower School site in Scarborough. By doing so would also confirm an increase in available capacity at the school. It asks the Executive to consider the responses to the consultation, to authorise the publication of statutory proposals, and to schedule taking a final decision on the proposals on 9 June 2020.

Executive summary

Springhead School is a Special School in Scarborough serving pupils with a wide range of special educational needs across an age range of 2-19 years old. In 2017, in response to a specific pressure on places at Springhead School, the Local Authority supported the school through an informal consultation on moving their existing Sixth Form provision onto a site at Lady Edith’s Drive in Scarborough. This had formerly been the Graham Lower School Site and was vacant at that point. 
 
Prior to the temporary expansion on the new site the school could accommodate approximately 75 pupils with the relevant Special Educational Needs. As a result of the expansion on the additional site this has been increased to approximately 85 and this capacity will be made permanent by this proposal. 
 
On 14 January 2020 the Executive Members for the Children and Young People’s Service gave approval for consultation on proposals to formally confirm the establishment of satellite specialist sixth form provision for Springhead School on the former Graham Lower School site in Scarborough. The report provided the full background and is attached as Appendix 1.

The consultation commenced on 24 January 2020 and closed on 6 March 2020. This report details the responses to the consultation and asks the Executive to consider authorising the publication of proposals and statutory notices, and to schedule taking a final decision on the proposals on 9 June 2020. 

The report is supported by a number of Appendices as listed below:

Consultation undertaken

Consultation documents (Appendix 2) were distributed to the lists of consultees (Appendix 3). The documents were also published on the websites of Springhead School and NYCC. The consultation period ran from 24 January to 6 March 2020. 
 
A public engagement meeting was held at the Springhead Sixth Form Site on 4 February 2020. A record of the meetings are attached as Appendix 4.  
 
By the closing date 6 consultation responses had been received for the proposal and these are shown in full in Appendix 5. 
 
The issues raised from the responses included:  

  • The future use of other buildings on the site by Springhead School.
  • Concerns around management of any future building work on the site with the Sixth Form in situ. 

Responses to the consultation and other key issues

Positive Impact of Proposal on Sixth Form Provision

The respondents commented on the positive impact of the proposal that has already been experienced through the temporary operation of the satellite site. There was particular reference made to the fact that pupils in the sixth form felt that they have progressed and ‘moved up’ to Sixth Form College and that this was a benefit. The location of the site was also praised as it has good transport links for pupils to arrive independently or with support and also to travel to other parts of the town as part of their education. A general feeling was also expressed that the fact there was more space on the satellite site meant that there were more opportunities in a better learning environment. One respondent referred to the site as an ‘excellent facility’. 

Positive Impact of Proposal on Provision at the Main Site

It was felt by respondents that there was a consequential benefit to the staff and pupils on the main site of the satellite operating. The view was expressed that the main site was overcrowded before the temporary occupation of the sixth form site began. 

Possibility of use of Wider Site by Springhead School

The mostly widely expressed view in the consultation was actually one that is not relevant to the specific matter being considered. Staff, parents and pupils were hopeful that the proposal would lead to a wider use of the site by Springhead pupils. This reflects the view that the operation of the satellite has been successful and respondents want to see the use of the site solidified and expanded. 

Conclusion

Consultees were unanimously supportive of the proposed change. The reasons for the support of the proposal were predominately the improved provision that the temporary operation of the site had provided for both the Sixth Form students and those on the main site. The majority of comments were actually related to future use of the site rather than the specific proposal to formally establish the satellite site. If the outcome of the process is that the proposals are implemented, the local authority will need to consider the issues raised in the consultation when looking at any subsequent proposals for the use of the wider site. 
 
Officers would attribute the small number of responses to the consultation and the very low attendance at the engagement session to the fact that the proposal has worked well on a temporary basis and the formalising of the arrangement is considered non-contentious. 

Proposals

The proposal is to formally confirm the establishment of satellite specialist sixth form provision for Springhead School on the former Graham Lower School site in Scarborough and by doing so to confirm the increase in places available at the school from approximately 75 places to approximately 85 places.  

Financial implications

Revenue and Capital Funding

The implications for revenue and capital funding were set out in the report to Executive Members on 14 January 2020 attached as Appendix 1. 

Legal implications 

The Education and Inspections Act and School Organisation regulations and guidance1 apply to the processes involved in publishing proposals. Careful regard has been had to these provisions. The proposals are in accordance with the statutory requirements.  

Human rights implications

There are no Human Rights issues in relation to this decision. 

Other implications

An Equality Impact Assessment has been undertaken in respect of these proposals and is attached (Appendix 6). The only impact on any groups with protected characteristics will be a positive one. These proposals are being brought to formalise a temporary move onto the satellite site and therefore have no adverse impact. 

List of Appendices