Proposal to change the age range and increase pupil numbers at the specialist centre at William Cobbett Primary School

Closed 25 May 2018

Opened 30 Apr 2018

Feedback updated 4 Jun 2018

We asked

We asked for your views on our proposal to change the age range and increase pupil numbers at the specialist centre at William Cobbett Primary School. These were due to be implemented in September 2018.

You said

A total of three responses were received during the consultation period which closed at midday on Friday 25 May 2018, two agreed with the proposal and one disagreed.

During the consultation period a public meeting was held at the school on Monday 14 May 2018. In addition to the Headteacher, centre staff, a school Governor and the Headteacher of Badshot Lea school, three parents attended the meeting.

Questions raised at the public meeting related to the proposal having a detrimental impact on pupil and staffing ratios, which would result in a reduction to the level of adult support that pupils receive. Clarification was given to the attendees that as pupil numbers in the centre grow, funding levels would grow also. This will ensure that the pupil:staffing ratios are not impacted and that pupils will continue to receive the support they require in order to meet their identified needs. A similar question was raised regarding therapy levels and assurances given that arrangements were being made to ensure that the appropriate provision is in place.

The response that disagreed with the proposal has suggested that this proposal constitutes a reduction in pupil numbers. To clarify, the proposals to increase the age range and pupil numbers at William Cobbett would be in addition to the places available at Badshot Lea, meaning that there is an increase in Key Stage 1 places in the area.

We did

As a result of the consultation process it has been decided to proceed with the proposals and the statutory notice will be issued on Monday 4 June 2018. This will give a further 4 week period for interested parties to make representations.

Following this period it is planned that a paper detailing the proposal and consultation outcomes will be presented to the Cabinet Member for Learning in July for a decision.


Surrey County Council in liaison with William Cobbett Primary School, is proposing to extend the age range of the specialist centre for pupils with Communication and Interaction Needs (COIN) in order to align the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) offer with the school age range. This means that the school would be able to accommodate pupils from Reception year who could then stay at the school until the end of year 6, if their needs are still able to be met by the school.

It is proposed that the number of places changes from the current total of 20 planned places (notionally 5 per year group in key stage 2 only) to 30 (notionally 2 per year group for key stage 1 and 6 per year group at key stage 2 to incorporate pupils from Badshot Lea specialist centre). This will enable the provision to remain sustainable and for it to match the age range of the rest of the school. These changes would come into effect from 1st September 2018.

Surrey County Council and the specialist centre at William Cobbett Primary School would like to seek your views on this proposal.  The consultation will open on 30th April 2018.

A public meeting is planned at William Cobbett Primary School on Monday 14th May 2018 at 2pm.

All are welcome to attend.


Why we are consulting

We are now undertaking a consultation on this proposed expansion of the specialist centre at William Cobbett Primary School. The Related Documents below contain the detailed proposal and published statutory notices.

Please let us know what you think about the proposals

- either by completing the Online Survey

- or by using the response form in the Related Documents below.

The deadline for returning/submitting consultation responses is midday on Friday 25th May 2018.


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