Venue: Members' Conference Room, County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2DN
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The deadline for Members’ questions is 12pm four working days before the meeting (30 October 2019).
The deadline for public questions is seven days before the meeting (29 October 2019).
Notice of petition
Received from Ms Debbie Bailey, 760 signatures.
I am writing to you following the devastating decision to close my daughter Poppy's special needs afterschool club Cool Club.
Poppy is 14 years old and is profoundly mentally and physically disabled with challenging behaviour. It was suggested by our Social Worker some time ago that Poppy would benefit from attending the afterschool club available in an attempt to improve our family situation.
Since attending every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, not only has Poppy's personal and social development progressed beyond any expectations, it has also given my family the opportunity to have some quality time to do things that others may take from granted (like doing the grocery shopping or just having a quiet cuppa with a friend), knowing that Poppy is safe and happy enjoying valuable time out with her friends like any other mainstream school child. The activities are so thoughtfully organised, from swimming, trips to the local farm, Hever Castle and many more. All of which are simply not possible for Poppy to do after school without Cool Club.
Our children are extremely vulnerable and there are no other resources available to them where they are able to learn and grow through play in a safe environment after school. Only Cool Club offers everything that they need and have become accustomed to as part of their routine, which is vitally important for their wellbeing.
Poppy needs her Cool Club, as do the other special needs children at Clifton Hill. This most incredible provision has helped keep my family together and, without it, I really do not know how we will be able to cope. I know that I speak for many others who will also find life very difficult now that Cool Club has been so cruelly and thoughtlessly closed.
A response will be tabled at the meeting.
That the response, attached to this decision sheet as Annex 1, be approved.
To review the education rationale for the project and agree the commencement of two specialist centres for pupils with communication and interaction needs (COIN) at two primary schools.
A decision was made by Cabinet on 16 July 2019 to release the Capital for the specialist centre at Worplesdon Primary School in partnership with Freemantles School subject to full public consultation and statutory notices. The statutory notices were published from 23 September to 21 October and the outcomes are shared in this paper.
A decision was made by Cabinet on 24 September 2019 to release the Capital for the specialist centre at Bell Farm Primary School subject to statutory notices. The statutory notices were published from 16 September to 14 October and the outcomes are shared in this paper.
The Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning determined the statutory notice, thereby bringing into effect the formal commencement of:
1. A specialist centre with 21 places for pupils with communication and interaction needs (COIN) at Worplesdon Primary School in partnership with Freemantles School.
2. A specialist centre with 21 places for pupils with communication and interaction needs (COIN) at Bell Farm Primary School.