Consultation on the Proposal to Merge Ridgeway School and Round Oak School through the Expansion of Ridgeway School and the Closure of Round Oak School

Closed 3 Apr 2020

Opened 9 Mar 2020

Feedback Updated 18 Jun 2020

We Asked

WCC consulted on a proposal to amalgamate two existing special schools, Round Oak (Secondary) and Ridgeway (Primary) to form one all-through special school based across the two school sites.  

You Said

The opinion of stakeholders was broadly in support of the merger, however two issues were raised which needed to be considered.

The first was that the proposed name of the merged school would be Ridgeway School. This was of particular concern to pupils and parents of Round Oak School since most had known Ridgeway as the primary school and pupils had left that school to go to secondary school. The use of the Ridgeway name was also perceived by some parents and staff at Round Oak to indicate more of a takeover than an amalgamation. This perception would be unhelpful since the intention is to create a culture in the new school where all staff, pupils and parents feel equally valued.

The second concern raised through consultation was that current leaders in the two schools may not have the capacity to lead and manage the merged school.

We Did

Warwickshire County Council Cabinet approved the amalgamation of Ridgeway School and Round Oak School on 14th May 2020 (link to decision)

The amalgamation of the two schools is being undertaken largely as outlined in the proposal.

The two significant matters raised, as detailed above, were considered by leaders and governors of both schools together with WCC officers supporting the process.

It was agreed that pupils and parents should be consulted on a name for the merged school.

It was also agreed that governors from both schools should work together to agree an appropriate staffing structure for the merged school. This would include a new senior leadership team to support the current headteacher of Ridgeway in leading and managing the provision across the two sites.

Results Updated 12 Jun 2020

80% of respondants to the consultation agreed with the proposal.

Overview

This consultation is being undertaken to advise you of proposals concerning Round Oak and Ridgeway Schools and to invite you to tell us what you think of the proposals. This is part of a statutory consultation process that Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is managing in partnership with the Governing Bodies of both schools. The proposal is:

  1. To extend the age range of Ridgeway School from 3 to 11 years old to 3 to 19 years old.
  2. To increase the capacity of Ridgeway School.
  3. To close Round Oak School, with staff and all pupils transferring to Ridgeway School (initially remaining at the former Round Oak School site).

Round Oak School, a community special school - Brittain Lane, Warwick CV34 6DX

Ridgeway School, a community special school – Deansway, Warwick CV34 5DF

If the proposal is approved, the name of the expanded school will be considered and consulted on as appropriate.

Why We Are Consulting

Public consultation is in accordance with the statutory guidance produced by the Department for Education whereby 'The LA and / or governing body (depending on school category) can publish a proposal to close one school (or more) and enlarge / change the age range / transfer site (following the statutory process as / when necessary) of an existing school, to accommodate the displaced pupils.'

These proposals are made under The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools (England) Regulations 2013 and The School Organisation (Establishment and Discontinuance of Schools) Regulations 2013.

The closing date for comments to be submitted is the 3rd April 2020.

Areas

  • Any area

Audiences

  • Service users (current or previous)
  • Carers
  • Parents
  • Young people
  • People with disabilities
  • People with long term conditions
  • Local residents
  • Teachers
  • Community Groups
  • Providers
  • Specialist staff

Interests

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Schools and learning
  • Communities
  • Children and families
  • Equality, welfare and rights
  • Young people
  • Education and learning
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