Proposal: Establishing a Social and Communication Additionally Resourced Provision (ARP) at Redbridge Primary School

Closes 3 Oct 2022

Opened 5 Sep 2022


This consultation sets out details of a proposal relating to the establishment of a Social and Communication Additionally Resourced Provision (ARP) at Redbridge Primary School.

Redbridge Primary School is a four-form entry (4FE) Community Primary School, which accommodates children from Year R to Year 6. The school has a Published Admission Number (PAN) of 120 and admits up to this number each year into its Year R. This gives the school an overall PAN capacity of 840 pupils, although the school currently has a roll in excess of this, at 859 pupils.


The London Borough of Redbridge is proposing to establish a Social and Communication ARP at Redbridge Primary School for 28 pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), across Year Groups R to 6 (4 places in each year group). Thus, the ARP’s intended structure is as shown in the below table:





























If approved, the plan is to formally open the new facility in September 2023. In the first year, four places will be offered in Year R. Thereafter, the provision will grow incrementally, year-on-year, until the total capacity of 28 places across Year R-6 is reached. Admission to this facility will be distinct from mainstream admission to the school. Consequently, in order to maintain the school’s capacity at its current level, this proposal would also require an amendment to the school’s Admissions Arrangements, to reduce the mainstream PAN from 120 to 116, as detailed in the Pupil Placement section of the Consultation Document provided below.

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Why your views matter

This proposal has been formed in response to a growing demand for such places in the local area. In line with regional and national trends, the London Borough of Redbridge has recently been experiencing substantial growth in demand for places in specialist education provision. As far back as 2015, Redbridge identified growth in the number of pupils presenting with different forms of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), which accelerated over the following years. For example, between 2018 and 2020, the total number of school-age pupils with registered SEND rose by 13.6%. This trend is projected to continue over the course of the current seven-year planning horizon, with this being particularly driven by a rapid increase in specific areas of identified need. Thus, by the 2027/28 academic year, there is forecast to be a 17.7% increase in the number of High Needs pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) registered as a primary need type and a corresponding increase of 25.7% for those registered with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). Naturally, such pupil growth has resulted in the need for additional provision to accommodate the shifting profile of need, which has only partially been achievable within the bounds of the existing infrastructure.

As a consequence of this rising demand, the London Borough of Redbridge undertook a High Needs Review, which recommended the creation of 140 new school places for pupils with SEND, over the period 2018-2023. This was underpinned by an aspiration to create a significant amount of these places in Additionally Resourced Provisions attached to mainstream schools. This element of the proposals, in particular, generated strong support from parents, when consultation on the Review’s proposals was undertaken in July 2018. Parents welcomed the proposed increase in the range of options available, with an emphasis on access to a mainstream curriculum, in the context of appropriate specialist support.

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