Consultation on proposal to establish a satellite for Palmerston School at the former Palmerston School site

Start date: 19th January 2023
End date: 15th February 2023

What are we consulting on? 

We are proposing to establish a satellite for Palmerston School at the former Palmerston School site in Beaconsfield Road, Liverpool L25 6EE. The consultation is being carried out in accordance with section 19 (1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

The satellite provision is being set up to ensure that all pupils with an education, health care plan in Liverpool can attend a school in the city and can remain in school post 16 to continue their learning where it is agreed with the young person and their parents as part of their EHCP.  This will support young people with SEND with their education, help provide continuity and provide education within the city.

Because there is an increase in the number of pupils needing special school places there will be no adverse impact on other educational institutions within the area.

Funding to carry out work to set up the satellite provision has already been approved by Liverpool Council.  If agreed the proposal is that works to bring the buildings being used back into use will take place before the end of the summer term and that the school will begin running the site on 1 September 2023 in time for the start of the 2023/24 academic year.

Background

Reason for expansion

Under section 14 of the Education Act 1996, the council has a duty to ensure that special educational provision is made for pupils who have special educational needs.

There has been a significant year on year increase in the number of children with an education health and care plan (EHCP). Information on pupil numbers in primary schools for pupils with severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties shows that there are currently insufficient places in secondary schools to provide for all pupils who need a place in year 7.

When Palmerston School moved to their new site in Minehead Road, their previous school site in Beaconsfield Road was mothballed.  It is proposed to use part of this site to become a satellite site for Palmerston School to accommodate up to 40 pupils.

Pupil numbers and admissions

It is proposed that the satellite site will be a Palmerston 14-19 College and be used to meet the needs of students in this age range through a relevant curriculum which will include work related learning.  This will enable year 7 pupils to be accommodated at the main school site. The satellite provision will be for up to 40 pupils.

Palmerston School is a special school, and all pupils need an education, health and care plan (EHCP) naming the school before they can be admitted.

It is not anticipated that pupils will need to move between the sites but this may be necessary for some elements of the curriculum and whole school activities.  If this is the case transport will be provided.

Governance and administration

The satellite provision will be managed as part of Palmerston School and will have the same headteacher and governing body.  The satellite site will be managed day to day by a member of the senior management team.

As a 14-16 provision, the satellite site will be largely independent in terms of cuticulum and teaching but there maybe the need for staff and pupils to attend the main school building, for whole school activities for example.  If this is the case pupils will spend the whole day there or transport will be provided.

Physical characteristics of the school

Palmerston satellite provision will be readily accessible as the majority of pupils receive home to school transport due to their SEND. Whilst there will be outside play and social space for students, they will be able to use facilities at the main school site when required.

How to comment

You can comment on the proposals in writing to:

Liverpool City Council
School Organisation Team
Palmerston School Satellite consultation
Children and Young People’s Services
5th Floor
Cunard Building
Liverpool
L3 1AH

or email valerie.tatham@liverpool.gov.uk.

All comments must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 15th February.

What happens to my views?

Any comments received, by letter or email, will be considered by the council before a final decision is made. 

Your responses may be included in a consultation report and may be published on this website, but your name and details will not appear next to them.

All responses will be kept solely for the purposes of this consultation and will be destroyed 12 months after it closes.

What happens next?

Following the consultation period, any representations will be considered by the council to decide whether or not to proceed with the proposal or amend it in any way.

Further information

If you have any questions about this consultation, please email valerie.tatham@liverpool.gov.uk.