The Education Village Academy Trust is the Admissions Authority for all the Schools within its Trust. The Trust is formally consulting on a proposed change to admission arrangements for one of its Academies; Beaumont Hill Academy. If adopted, the change would come into effect for new admissions from September 2019; it would not impact on existing pupils for whom places will remain available in the Academy until the end of Year 11.
The consultation runs from Tuesday 5 December 2017 until 5pm on Monday 29 January 2018.
This consultation is to inform thinking around a proposed rationalisation of the type of special needs the Academy currently supports.
Beaumont Hill Academy’s Admissions policy states it admits pupils who have special needs in one or more of the following areas:
The 2018/19 Admissions policy for the Academy can be found at:
Beaumont Hill is a large Academy by comparison with other Special Needs schools, and the type of Special Needs it makes provision for are very wide. All pupils who enter the Academy have an Education, Health and Care Plan (or are awaiting a statutory assessment and it is anticipated a Plan will follow).
The Academy is located in a modern building which is well equipped to meet the needs of pupils with moderate or severe learning difficulties or physical or sensory needs. The Academy has a swimming pool, a number of sensory rooms and spaces where health professionals can meet with pupils to provide a range of therapies (e.g. physiotherapy and speech and language therapy).
The Academy has a small detached unit for older students with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH). The needs of these students is distinct and staff work very hard to meet them, but the facilities in the Academy are not always compatible. The Trust has recognised a significant issue is that the unit is not able to provide an environment to deliver the vocational skills many students would like to access. The Trust has considered how this might be resolved, including submitting an unsuccessful bid to the Department for Education to open a new Free School which would have catered for secondary students with SEMH in an environment purpose built to meet their needs and aspirations.
It is the responsibility of the Local Authority where the pupil lives to identify the most suitable educational provision for them. The Academy is currently full and each year it has to turn away significant numbers of children whose needs could be met by the facilities and support it can offer. It is for this reason that the Trust’s Directors are considering removing the Academy’s provision for secondary students whose primary need is SEMH.
The increasing complexity of needs for SEMH students means that the specialised unit within the Academy has fewer students, but still requires the same discrete setting. The Trust and the Academy would like to use the unit to expand the type of provision the accommodation is better suited to meet. This change would support the Academy to further develop expertise and excellence in specialisms which are growing such as Autism.
How to respond to the proposal
The Trust invites you to consider this proposed change to the Admissions Policy for Beaumont Hill Academy and share your thoughts. You can do this using the consultation response form and returning it by 5pm on Monday 29 January 2018.
To complete a consultation response form please download the Consultation Response Form and return it either by:
BHA Consultation, Admin Office, Beaumont Hill Academy, Salters Lane South, Darlington DL1 2AN
If you have any questions, or would prefer to provide a response in person, the Trust is holding two open meetings at The Education Village on Tuesday 9 January at 2.15pm and Thursday 25 January at 5pm.
All responses must be received by 5pm on Monday 29 January 2018.