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Glendinning Academy School

Update September 2023: this consultation has now closed. A decision will be made by the Regional Directors at the Department for Education in due course. An update on the decision will be provided here. 

Wave Multi Academy Trust is proposing to change age range of Glendinning Academy Special School to 7 – 16 years or school years 3 – 11. Removing the offer of post 16 places and increasing the number of places available across key stage 2, 3 and 4. Pupil Admission Number (PAN) remaining at 120.

This consultation is seeking the views of parents, pupils, community members and other stakeholders in relation to the change of age range the Special School will serve.

The consultation period will be 20th June 2023 to 18th July 2023.

Glendinning Academy is a specialist school located in Newton Abbot for pupils with social communication and interaction needs. It opened in September 2020 and has grown over the last 3 years to provide places for up to 120 pupils. Currently the academy has pupils from aged 7 to 15, across school years 3 to 10, and has reached its PAN of 120 pupils. In September 2023 it will be above the PAN.

It was planned that by September 2024 there would be the offer of a small number of year 12 places providing post-16 education. Since opening there has been a significant demand for primary and secondary phase places and there are places available at post-16 colleges and other provision within the area.

Wave Multi Academy Trust is consulting on the proposal that there will be no year 12 (post-16) places available in September 2024 onwards. Glendinning Academy will become a school for pupils aged from 7 – 16 years.
There is high demand for places at the primary and secondary phase. We believe the range of needs presented by the pupils at Glendinning means that their KS5 education requires a broad subject offer and this breadth would not be provided at Glendinning Academy, in terms of both capacity and funding.

A broad KS5 offer includes:
Academic courses, including A levels in a wide range of subjects
Vocational courses, including BTEC in practical subjects with specialist facilities
Life Skills and preparation for adulthood
A statutory consultation process must take place in order to make this significant change, this was launched at a meeting for parents/carers at Glendinning Academy on 20th June 2023. This meeting was recorded, to request a copy of the recording email

The consultation survey will be conducted online and is designed to collect responses to the consultation. Responses will be sent to the Principal of the academy. General, anonymised questions will be addressed via an FAQs document released during the process.  A paper copy of this consultation can be requested by contacting the academy.

The consultation will open to responses on 20th June and can be accessed using the following link the consultation survey will close at 14:00 on 18th July 2023.

A paper response should be submitted to the Academy before 14:00 on Tuesday 18th July.

Consultation method:
Contact information: Address: Glendinning Academy School, Sandringham Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 4HD