Change to the age range of The Willows Short Stay School

Closed 20 May 2015

Opened 6 May 2015

Feedback updated 1 Nov 2017

We asked

Should the age range at the Willows be changed so that only primary pupils are accommodated at the provision from 1 January 2016? The change of age range means that the statutory provision for primary aged pupils continues but the non-statutory provision for secondary pupils will close. This will make significant annual savings to the High Needs Block funding that can be used towards statutory provision.

You said

A consultation period started on 6 May 2015 and concluded on 20 May 2015. A public meeting was held at the school on 13 May 2015 and approximately 20 people attended. It was originally proposed to issue Statutory Notices on 21 May 2015. Due to the number of responses received it was agreed to defer the issue of Statutory Notices to analyse the outcomes and themes and consider these against alternative arrangements for pupils. This information was fully considered and it was then decided to proceed with the issuing of Statutory Notices which were published on 15 June 2015. This has allowed a further 4 week period for representations regarding the proposal to be made. Nearly all respondents provided additional commentary. The feedback received can be broadly grouped into the following four categories: lack of alternative appropriate provision; vulnerability of the service users; grounds of decision and timing of the proposal; gender of service users. The Statutory Notice period of four weeks ran from 15 June 2015 and generated two further responses to the proposal.

We did

The Cabinet Member has given approval of the Statutory Notice, and the proposal to change the age range of the WIllows to a primary only provision will be implemented.


The local authority has a duty to review the Short Stay provision it supports and to ensure the provision meets the statutory requirements relating to pupils that have been excluded from schools.

The Willows Primary offers statutory provision for pupils who have been or are at risk of being permanently excluded from a school and who live in the South West area of Surrey. The Willows secondary is a girls–only, non-statutory provision.  It offers places to pupils from across all Surrey quadrants.  In partnership with their mainstream schools these pupils receive education via an individualised alternative learning programme.

It is proposed that the age range of The Willows Short Stay School changes from 1 January 2016 so that the school is for primary aged pupils only.  From July 2015 no further secondary aged pupils will be admitted as the all girl provision will end.  

What happens next

We have undertaken a consultation on these proposals for The Willows Short Stay School. The Related Documents below contain the detailed proposal which has a list of frequently asked questions. The consultation closed on Wednesday 20 May and a short overall summary is available below.

A period of statutory notice began on Monday 15 June 2015, during which any further representations can be made. For further details please see the statutory notice document below.

The proposal will go before the Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement for determination in late July.


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