This survey is about a consultation that Brantridge School is undertaking. The proposal is for Brantridge School to accommodate a co-ed secondary provision (Year 7 to Year 11) of 80 pupils on the current school site. 

Brantridge School is a special school that currently provides for boys aged 5 to 11 (Year 1 to Year 6) with social emotional mental health difficulties (SEMH) including autistic spectrum disorder. The School is part of Orchard Hill College Academy Trust (the Trust), a specialist multi academy trust.

The Trust and School work closely with West Sussex County Council to ensure that our offer meets local requirements and complements other local provision. The Council have identified the need for a secondary phase SEMH special education provision due to the general school-aged population in the borough, and because the number of pupils requiring this specialist education is rising. We are pleased to be able to work with the Council on this proposed development.

If the proposal is agreed, West Sussex County Council would undertake and fund the new secondary building to accommodate the expansion. It is proposed that the secondary places would build up over a five-year period to reach 80 places in 2026. From September 2022, there would be a secondary provision offer for the School’s current Year 6 pupils within the existing school building. It is proposed that the new secondary building would be completed by September 2023.

As Brantridge School is an academy, the expansion proposal would need to be approved by the Department for Education (DfE) and we are therefore seeking the views of interested parties through this consultation in order to inform the DfE’s decision-making process to amend the School’s Funding Agreement. The proposed secondary expansion would provide a further 80 places above the school’s current Funding Agreement of 54 places bringing the total school capacity to 134 places by September 2026.

A consultation on the proposal will run from 1st November to 29th November. Please see questions below; we would be extremely grateful for your views and any other thoughts you might have on this proposal.

A public meeting will be held at Brantridge School on Tuesday 16th November at 10am-12pm and 3.30pm-5.30pm.

A virtual public meeting will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 16th November. Please confirm in writing to consultation@brantridgeschool.org if you wish to attend. 

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* 1. More special school places are needed for children and young people in West Sussex.

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* 2. More local provision reduces the need for longer journeys and helps children and young people to play a more active role in their home community.

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* 3. Brantridge School has the capacity to offer more places to pupils with special educational needs without it having a negative impact on their existing pupils

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* 4. I am in agreement with the proposal to expand the school to accommodate a co-ed secondary provision

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* 5. I am in agreement with the proposal to increase the overall number of places to 134 within Brantridge School's funding agreement.

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* 6. Please tick one of the following: I am a:

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* 7. Do you have any other comments about this proposal?

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