Issue details

Approval to permanently expand Heart of the Forest Special School to provide 10 additional places from September 2022 for children aged 4-11 who have a primary need of Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

Following the publication of the statutory notice and the conclusion of the four-week period for representations, to seek approval to:


·         Expand Heart of the Forest Community Special School and to change its designation in order to provide 10 Primary places at the school for children with Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs, and

·         Identify and appoint a contractor and award the contract for the construction of the new accommodation.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000 and 2 Divisions affected;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 05/10/2021

Representations made

Any representations should be sent to:

Name:  Steve Bradley, Education Planning Officer

Tel. no: 01452 328681



By 5pm on Monday 29 Nov 2021


Decision due: Between 4 Nov 2021 and 15 Dec 2021 by Cabinet Member - Education, Skills and Bus Transport

Lead member: Cllr Philip Robinson, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Bus Transport

Contact: Chris Spencer, Director of Children's Services Email:



Background papers

  • Officer decision to commence a consultation on the proposal (01/04/2021):  
  • Cabinet Member Decision (03/08/2021): Publication of a Statutory Notice to permanently expand Heart of the Forest Special School to provide 10 places for children with SEMH needs from September 2022  
  • Statutory Notice published 1st September 2021