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Decision details

CS-02-19: Proposal to Increase Downland School Capacity

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills and South Wiltshire Recovery

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes



I approve the increase in the number of planned places at Downland School from 69 places to 90 as set out in the report.

This decision was published on 11 October 2019 and will come into effect on 21 October 2019


Reasons for the decision:

The Council anticipate an additional 661 EHCPs will be needed in Wiltshire by 2026. Of these children and young people, 220 are likely to need a special school place. A current lack of provision in the south requires 71 ASD & SEMH special school pupils to travel from south to north. This research has led to a pre-consultation with Downland School.

Alternative options considered:

The Council has the option to do nothing, however by not increasing capacity this would not meet the needs of Wiltshire’s Children with SEND because there is a current lack of provision in this area, and demand for places at Downland School.

Publication date: 30/09/2019

Date of decision: 11/10/2019

Effective from: 21/10/2019

Current call-in Count: 0

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