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Consultation: Proposed Changes to Provision

Statutory Consultation on Proposed Changes to Provision at Chatsworth High School and Community College.

Here we set out the Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust’s (CMAT) proposed changes to Chatsworth High School and Community College and how people can provide their views.

In order to ensure there is sufficient special school places in Salford, the Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust, with support from Salford City Council, is currently consulting on a school organisation proposal.

Statutory Consultation

The changes will affect the following school:

Name of School:     Chatsworth High School and Community College
School type:             Academy special converter
Address:                   Chatsworth Road
                                   Eccles,
                                   M30 9DY

The Proposal

The Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust proposes an expansion of Chatsworth High School and Community College from September 2022 onto an additional site at The Deans Campus, Vicarage Road, Swinton, M27 0WA.

The expansion will provide 24 new school places from September 2022.

The New Places

Who will the new school places cater for?

The expansion will cater for children and young people with severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties and autism who live in Salford.

Why is there a need for additional places?

There are rapidly increasing numbers of children and young people with severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties and autism in the Salford area and this reflects the national picture. Consequently, the demand for special school places has increased significantly in recent years.

The main school site in Eccles can no longer accommodate the increasing pupil numbers. Therefore the Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust proposes creating more places at the Swinton site which currently houses two key stage 5 classes.

Salford City Council recognises the need to increase capacity and therefore supports this proposal. It has a statutory duty under the Education Act 1996 to ensure there are sufficient school places available in its area and a strategy to enable pupils to attend schools that meet their needs that are located close to their homes.

How will the Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust accommodate the new places?

The Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust have worked with a project management team to redesign the interior of the building in order to make a more efficient use of the internal space in the current building. There will be no external changes to any outward facing elevations of the building overlooking private properties.

Has financial provision been made for the additional places?

Salford City Council has identified funding to support the necessary changes to the interior of the building at The Deans Campus. The building work will be commissioned by the CMAT and completed in time for the beginning of the 2022/23 academic year.

Pupils attending The Deans Campus will receive funding according to the current funding agreement in place with the Department for Education.

How will the new places be allocated?

Chatsworth High School and Community College will continue to serve the children and young people of Salford who have learning difficulties. Places at The Deans Campus will be determined by the school’s senior leadership team based on the needs of the pupils. The majority of pupils on this site will be in key stage 5.

Will there be movement of pupils between the school sites?

Whilst there may be some movement between The Eccles Campus and The Deans Campus, the vast majority of pupils based at the Deans Campus will have their lessons at The Deans Campus.

Arrangements have been made with Salford’s SEND Transport team in order to ensure that pupils are taken to and from The Deans Campus on a daily basis.

How will the facilities be used?

Pupils will have full access to all of the facilities at The Deans Campus. They will share some provision with learners at Chatsworth Futures, Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust’s provision for young people aged 19-25 such as the main hall and the horticulture area.

How will whole school activities be managed?

Pupils based at The Deans Campus will be able to join pupils at The Eccles Campus whenever appropriate. For example, school performances or sports events will be accessible to all pupils regardless of their base.

Will the arrangements affect other schools in the area?

The proposed new places are unlikely to affect other schools in the area as Chatsworth High School and Community College is the only special school in the area with a designation that can meet the needs of the pupils accessing The Deans Campus.  

Who will run The Deans Campus?

Senior leaders from Chatsworth High School and Community College will oversee the daily operation of the site under the guidance of the school’s governors, trustees and the CEO of the Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust.

What will be the impact of increasing pupil numbers at The Deans Campus?

Senior leaders of Chatsworth High School and Community College and the CEO of the Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust have carefully considered the impact of increasing pupil numbers on the local community. To mitigate any congestion caused by increasing traffic in the area, a traffic management system will be implemented on the site enabling greater numbers of vehicles to be taken onto the site at the beginning and end of the school day. It is envisaged that this will actually reduce the number of vehicles in the area and control the flow of traffic more effectively at peak times.

Have we considered the impact on Equalities?

This consultation recognises the Public Sector Equality Duty, which places an obligation on the Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust to contribute to making society fairer by tackling discrimination and providing equality of opportunity to all.

The Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust has considered the impact this could have on a range of equality groups including: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and marriage or civil partnership.  These groups are described as ‘protected characteristics’ in the Equality Act 2010.

The findings to date are that, if the proposal was to go ahead, the impact on the protected groups would be positive in terms of ‘age’ and ‘disability’.

The Consultation

Why are we consulting now?

The Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust has a duty to consult people when it is proposing a significant change to a school. Even if this were not the case, we would still wish to hear the views of people in our community that may be affected by a change in provision.

Who can respond to the consultation?

The Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust would like to hear from anyone with comments about the proposal.

This might include:

  • Pupils, students and learners
  • Staff, parents and carers
  • Prospective parents
  • Neighbours, including local residents and businesses
  • Professional bodies and trade unions
  • Salford City Council
  • MPs and local councillors
  • Other schools in the area
  • Other local authorities

If you are a parent or carer of a pupil, student, learner or an employee of the Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust, you are welcome to discuss the proposal with the us prior to making your views known.

Can I object to the proposal?

Yes, anyone can object or comment on the proposal.

What if I require additional information before providing my feedback?

Please contact us if you require any additional information before submitting your feedback. The e-mail to use is Chatsworth.office@salford.gov.uk or please telephone 0161 921 1404.

If you are a parent or carer of a pupil on roll at Chatsworth High School and Community College and you have some queries or requests for additional information, you may wish to speak to the school initially.

How long does the consultation run?

The consultation period will run from Monday 13th June 2022 until Friday 8th July 2022.

When is the deadline for submitting views?

The deadline is 5.00pm on Friday 8th July 2022. Views received after this time may not be able to be taken into account.

How can I provide my views?

There are a number of ways you can submit your views:

(1) You can submit your views online here, by completing this form

(2) You can e-mail us at Chatsworth.office@salford.gov.uk

(3) You can write to us at: CHSCC Consultation. Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust. Chatsworth Road. Eccles. Manchester. M30 9DY

Will you respond to my feedback?

Individual queries received during the formal consultation period will not normally receive a response although it will be addressed in the consultation report produced at the end of the process which will then be published online, here at www.chatsworthmultiacademytrust.org.uk/consultation

What will happen to my feedback?

All responses to this consultation will be collated and presented to Dr. Martin Hanbury, Chief Executive Officer of the Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust, at the end of the consultation period. A copy of the consultation report will also be published here, within this section of our website.

The Decision

What happens after the consultation?

All feedback will be considered by the Trustees of the Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust and a decision will be made whether or not to proceed. If the proposal is agreed, the Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust will then ask the Department for Education to allow the significant change.

It is anticipated the process will be as follows:    

Deadline for feedback

5.00pm on Friday 8th July 2022

Consideration of feedback

Monday 11th July 2022

Decision taken to proceed or not proceed

Tuesday 12th July 2022

Publication of report

Friday 18th July 2022

 

If the decision is taken to proceed:

Department for Education to receive request for significant change

Monday 18th July 2022

Implementation period

Tuesday 19th July 2022 to Friday 26th August 2022

New places are available

Thursday 1st September 2022

 

Who takes the decision to proceed?

The decision will be taken by Dr. Martin Hanbury, in his capacity as Chief Executive Officer of the Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust.

How will the Chief Executive Officer come to a decision?

Dr. Hanbury will not simply take account of the numbers of people expressing a particular view. He will need to give the greatest weight to responses from those stakeholders likely to be most affected by the proposal.

Who will make the final decision?

If the Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust decide to proceed, an application will be made to the Department for Education who will make the final decision about whether to permit the significant change.

How will the decision outcome be made available?

An announcement will appear here, within this section of Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust's website at www.chatsworthmultiacademytrust.org.uk/consultation.