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Thursday January 10, 2019 Consultation opens on special needs schools.

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Let WC know what YOU think - your comments will probably be ignored though.

Wiltshire Council is welcoming the views of parents, carers, pupils, staff and the general public on its vision to transform special needs education.

The council proposes to invest £20m in a new centre of excellence for pupils with special needs and disabilities. It will be developed at Rowdeford near Devizes to match the excellent facilities at Exeter House, Salisbury.

The vision means that the old schools at Larkrise, Trowbridge, St Nicholas, Chippenham and Rowdeford will close in 2023.

People have until 1 March 2019 to comment on the plans.

They can respond to the statutory consultation in the following ways:

• Wiltshire Council’s website consultation page

• By emailing

• At information surgeries in the schools

• At open meetings for parents/carers run by Wiltshire Parent Carer Council (WPCC) which will be advertised on the WPCC website.

The proposals for the purpose-built and amply-equipped school will address the need for an additional 220 SEND places for Wiltshire.


The final decision on the vision for SEND will be made at Wiltshire Council’s cabinet meeting in March 2019 after completion of the consultation.


It would seem that WC ignores any comments which don't agree with the solution which it wants, but please don't let that stop you from telling WC what you think!!