Consultation on proposal to establish Bank View South as a satellite for Bank View High School at the former Parklands site

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

What are we consulting on? 

We are proposing to establish Bank View South as a satellite for Bank View High School at the former Parklands School site in Ganworth Road, Liverpool L24 2RZ. 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 there is sufficient specialist provision for all pupils with an education, health care plan in Liverpool and that pupils who live in Liverpool can attend a school in 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 the 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 moderate learning difficulties and a range of communication learning difficulties shows that there are currently insufficient places in secondary schools to provide for all pupils who need a place in year 7.

The former Parklands school building in south Liverpool has been under used since the secondary school closed and it is proposed to use this purpose built secondary school building to become a satellite for Bank View High School named Bank View South.  The proposal is to open the satellite for year 7 pupils from 1 September 2023 to accommodate up to 60 pupils in a year group.

Pupil numbers and admissions

It is proposed that Bank View South will accommodate up to 60 pupils from September 2023 and continue to increase each year up to a capacity of 300 pupils.

Bank View South will be 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 Bank View High 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.

Bank View South will be able to provide a full curriculum offer for pupils at the Parklands site but there may be 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

Bank View South 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
Bank View 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.