The proposed addition of Specialist Support Centres within West Sussex

Closes 6 Mar 2020

Opened 3 Feb 2020

Results expected 27 Mar 2020



To achieve the ambition of giving children and young people the best start in life (West Sussex Plan 2018-2022), it is important to work in partnership with parent carers and young people as well as education providers and other professionals from across social care, health and education.

Why We Are Consulting

The County Council has been developing a new Education and Skills Strategy to support the inclusion of all children and young people, particularly those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This strategy builds on the SEND strategy for 2016-2019 and the outcomes of the 2018 Ofsted/CQC SEND Local Area inspection.

The new SEND and Inclusion Strategy for West Sussex 2019-2024 has been co-produced during the spring term 2019, with a wide representation of stakeholders, indeed more than 150 people have participated in the development workshops and events.  The stakeholders have included parent carers and young people as well as education providers and other professionals from across social care, health and education to ensure it relates to other County Council strategies.

This booklet explains the proposals for additional Specialist Support Centres (SSC's) and re-designation of one school to cater for the additional numbers and changes in SEND needs.  WSCC, in its role as commissioner of school places, is working in partnership with the schools by co-ordinating this consultation exercise on their behalf.  The individual governing bodies of each of the schools concerned will take the final decision.

We value your ideas and comments on these proposals, urge you to read this document and respond to us with your views by completing the survey using the link provided below.   There is also a response form at the back of the consultation booklet if this is needed for those who are unable to get online. We will pass your thoughts to the relevant schools for their consideration.  Your opinions are important to us all and will influence how and where school places are provided.

Our preferred method of response is for you to complete this online survey.  Alternatively, you can respond as follows:

1. Contact School Organisation & Development Team by emailing

2. Complete the response form at the end of the consultation document and return it via your local school or by post to:

The School Organisation Team, West Sussex County Council, Ground Floor, Northleigh, Tower Street, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1RH

Please note: Due to the volume of responses we receive when consulting on school proposals, we will not be able to acknowledge written responses or enter into correspondence with interested parties during or after the consultation period. A list of frequently asked questions will be made available to view online and will be updated throughout the consultation period.

Alternate formats 

If you require this information in an alternative format, please contact us on 0330 22 23049 or via email at If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 0330 22 23049 .

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