Consultation on the expansion of St Ann's School in Ealing
03 Mar 2017
Comments are invited on the expansion of St Ann's Special School: closing date 24 March 2017.
Any person may object or make comments by the closing date to:
Tom Lindsay, education strategic adviser
Address: Perceval House 3/SE/2, 14/16 Uxbridge Road, Ealing W5 2HL
Consultation documents available on the Ealing Council website: www.ealing.gov.uk/consultations
The governing body of St Ann's Special School and the council are seeking views on a proposal to expand the school to 105 students aged 11 to 18 including sixth form.
The increase would be phased over five years starting with extra places in year 7 in 2018 and ending in 2022 when the school would typically have up to 14 students in each year group, year 7 to year 13.
Forecasts anticipate that this is an interim expansion with pupil numbers peaking at 105 places and then falling back to 90 over the next decade.
The proposed expansion will require investment in new school buildings on the St Ann’s site.
This will be funded by the council.
The proposal for expansion of St Ann’s School has been prompted by Ealing Council in response to a significant rise in pupils born in the last 10 years and an increase in pupils seeking special school places in the borough.
There has been a corresponding rise in pupils with severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties.
Pupils who attend St Ann’s may also have complex medical conditions, severe communication disorders, bi-modal sensory impairment and challenging behaviours.
Mandeville and Castlebar Schools have been expanded in response to this rising demand in the primary phase age group and plans are now required for the secondary phase to ensure a suitable level of provision.
Further details of the proposal can be obtained from: