The City of Wolverhampton Council is proposing to provide additional capacity at St Michael’s CE (A) Primary School in Tettenhall to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
St Michael’s will remain a voluntary aided mainstream school but will receive new, purpose built accommodation to house a resource base on site.
It would mean more children in Wolverhampton will be able to access high quality, local provision and reduce the potential need for expensive out of city placements. Last year, the council spent £5 million on placements in out of city and independent provision.
For more information, please visit Consultation Hub or email SENDTeam@wolverhampton.gov.uk. Comments, either supporting or objecting to the proposals, should be emailed to SENDTeam@wolverhampton.gov.uk by 11 January, 2021.
Councillor Dr Mike Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “In recent years, levels of demand for specialist educational provision in the city have increased while at the same time the needs of children and young with special educational needs and disabilities have changed.
“We want to ensure they have access to high quality provision closer to home, and these proposals will help the education system in Wolverhampton meet rising demand for this specialist provision.”
The proposal, which is expected to cost around £560,000, is supported by Government funding to create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEND.