SEMH Bristol Free School Residents Consultation

SEMH Bristol Free School Consultation:

Residents in Sea Mills are being consulted about plans to turn the former Sea Mills Infants’ School into a new Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH) school.

An application to open a new free school was given the go ahead by the Secretary of State for Education in 2017.

The planning application for the vacant site on Hallen Drive, will be going in during February 2020 with Midas launching its first public consultation about the project this month.

The new North Star Academy, will provide places for 85 students with SEMH needs in a project that will transform the site.

The proposals for the brownfield site includes a new two-story classroom block, sports hall, specialist spaces for food tech, art, science, construction skills and a cafe.

There will also be new external play areas, a habitat area, 24 space car park and an all-weather sports pitch for both the school and community use.

The consultation evening will take place at the former Sea Mills Infants’ School on Hallen Drive on Wednesday 29 January from 4pm – 7pm.

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A lack of alternative provision and special school places has been contributing to the Bristol Send crisis, though conflicting information regarding the new Sea Mills provision remains. In report Review of SEND Capacity and Projection Data, which formed part of the Education Capital Programme – SEND Capital Proposals at July 2019 Cabinet, it was stated: ‘The DfE are also building an 80 place ALP provision in Sea Mills. This would be unsuitable for SEMH/ASC/ASD pupils who form the majority of our capacity challenge in the short to medium term.’

The report also notes that special school capacity and provision will be reached during 2020/21, with a majority need in secondary  for the large growth need area of young people with autism needs.

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