Issue details

Proposals for Atkinson House

This report sets out proposals for Atkinson House Special School in Seghill, a secondary provision for boys with Social, Emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs in Northumberland. The proposals are:

• To relocate the school to a new site at the former Richard Coates CE Primary School building in Ponteland;
• To change the designation of the school from single sex provision to co-educational provision in light of the growing number of girls who are being assessed as having SEMH needs in Northumberland.

The nature of these proposals require that a statutory process would need to be undertaken prior to any final decision being made by Cabinet. Cabinet is therefore also asked to permit the initiation of the statutory process, beginning with approval for a six week informal public consultation process. Cabinet may be requested to permit the publication of a Statutory Proposal in relation to these proposals at a future date following the outcome of consultation.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: For Determination

Wards affected: Seghill with Seaton Delaval;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 13/09/2021

Relevant O&S Ctte: Family and Children's Services OSC;

Decision due: 12 Oct 2021 by Cabinet

Lead member: Councillor Guy Renner-Thompson, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People guy.renner-thompson@northumberland.gov.uk

Contact: Sue Aviston, Head of School Organisation and Resources Email: sue.aviston@northumberland.gov.uk.