Decision details

Creation of a New Specialist Centre at Worplesdon Primary School in Partnership with Freemantles School Providing 21 Places for Pupils with High Communication and Interaction Needs

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve the business case for the project to provide a new Special Education Needs unit allowing 21 places for pupils with high COIN (communication and interactive needs) requirements.  The construction of the unit will reduce the out of County placements that SCC currently provides for.




1.    That the proposal to build a specialist centre at Worplesdon Primary School in partnership with Freemantles School, be agreed in principle, and the project to proceed subject to a full public consultation and statutory notices was approved.


2.    That the funding for this project be allocated from the Special Education Needs & Disabilities Capital Grant of £10.7m and the scheme be added to the Capital programme, as detailed in the Part 2 annex of the submitted report.


Reason for Decision:


A new specialist provision centre at Worplesdon Primary School would meet the demand for additional places for children and young people with communication and interaction needs (COIN). This is the first centre in Surrey that is being developed in partnership between a special school and a mainstream primary school. The two schools working in partnership ensure pupils benefit from the expertise of a special school as well as inclusion in a mainstream primary school.


[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Children, Families, Lifelong Learning & Culture Select Committee]


Report author: Nicholas Smith

Publication date: 17/07/2019

Date of decision: 16/07/2019

Decided at meeting: 16/07/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 25/07/2019

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