The Key Sixth Form Building at Fairmead School is the location for tonight’s drop-in meeting of the Yeovil Parent Support Group between 6.45pm and 8pm to discuss proposed changes to our school’s designation.
The guest speaker will be Director of Somerset Parent Carer Forum Ruth Hobbs, who will be sharing information about the restructuring of specialist education and how this may impact on young people and their families in Yeovil and the surrounding areas.
The local authority’s proposed alterations for Fairmead School mean to focus its expertise on Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The renewed Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) focus also aims to adjust and clarify the school’s offer and capacity; to enable it to cater for 90 children of both sexes and between 4-19 years of age.
Other special schools in Somerset, including Fiveways, may also be re-designated to ensure that special schools in close proximity complement each other and so that a broad range of needs can be accommodated in the local area.
The meeting this evening is in addition to the local authority’s four-week consultation period. Phil Curd of Somerset County Council has stated: ‘Any changes to the school’s designation will not have an immediate impact on the placements of children already in the school, although their needs will continue to be assessed through the annual review process’.
A decision to approve, modify or reject the proposal will be taken by the Cabinet Member for Children and Families within two months of the consultation period ending on 5th February 2017.
The drop-in tonight will be hosted as usual by Fairmead’s Inclusion Manager and HLTA Steve Coles, and will also be attended by PFSA Sharon White.
The group is open to parents and carers of all children and young people with additional needs, whether they attend a mainstream school, special school or are home educated. Parking is available on site and refreshments are provided.