Proposed Changes to the Agreement for Provision at the Special Support Centre at Hazelwick School

Closed 29 Jan 2018

Opened 9 Jan 2018

Feedback Updated 23 May 2018

We Asked

We asked for your feedback on the proposal to amend the number of places West Sussex County Council commissions at the Special Support Centre at Hazelwick School. The proposal aligned provision more closely with need and made best use of available funding.

You Said

43 of you took part in the consultation and fed back your views on the proposal via the online survey. 42 respondents were opposed to the proposal to reduce the number of places and 1 neither supported or objected to the proposal. 

35 of you who responded went on to give further detail on your views with the majority commenting on insufficient SEND provision, reducing choice for families and the quality of provision.

We Did

Your comments were fully considered and addressed in the Decision Report which can be viewed here

Based on evidence of the number of specialist places required for children with hearing impairment and that the proposal will not affect children currently occupying places in the Special Support Centre, the West Sussex County Council Director for Education and Skills took a decision that came into effect on 28 March 2018 to approve the proposal. The number of places the County Council commissions at the Special Support Centre at Hazelwick School will be amended to 4 places, for implementation from September 2018.

Thank you to everyone that responded.   

Results Updated 23 May 2018



As part of the implementation of the West Sussex Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Strategy 2016-2019 and a review of existing specialist provision it is proposed to amend the agreement for provision at the Special Support Centre at Hazelwick School so it is in line with actual need and take up of places.

It is proposed to reduce the number of places we commission at the Special Support Centre from September 2018 from 8 to 4.  This is due to consistently low numbers of pupils requiring a place at the SSC and is line with current demand, as well as ensuring that the County Council makes the best use of available resources.

You can find out more information on the proposal in the document attached below.


Why We Are Consulting

Your opinions are important to us and we are keen to obtain your views.

If you need this information in an alternative format, please contact us on 0330 222 8718.

What Happens Next

Any responses received will be evaluated prior to a further decision on whether or not to proceed with the substantive proposal, which will be amended if necessary.


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