Proposal to extend the age range at Crosshill Special School from 11-16 years to 11-19 years


Proposal to extend the age range at Crosshill Special School from 11-16 years to 11-19 years with effect from 1 September 2018.

The Governing Body of Crosshill Special School with BCHS, Haslingden Road, Blackburn, Lancashire BB2 3HJ proposes to extend the age range of learners from 11-16 years to 11-19 years with effect from 1 September 2018.

Crosshill Special School currently caters for learners with an EHCP across the 4 broad areas of need as defined in the SEND Code of Practice 2015 which are:

  • Communication and interaction needs
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Cognition and learning
  • Sensory/physical needs


The objectives of the proposal are:-

  • To provide a high quality post 16 provision for learners whose needs are not currently being met by the current range of local post 16 provisions within our community
  • To offer a full time personalised and bespoke curriculum that fully meets the needs of learners with SEND
  • To continue the therapeutic based services our learners require to make progress into Key Stage 5
  • To meet parent, learner and community demand for the suitability of placements of our learners
  • To aid successful transition into adult based learning or employment at post 19
  • To promote high aspirations and ambitions for our learners within a fully supported environment
  • To eliminate the stress of transition for our more complex learners
  • To recruit and retain high quality staff

Alteration Description

The proposal will increase the age range of Crosshill Special School from

11-16 years to 11-19 years to accommodate an additional 30 learners.

The increase in the age range will be undertaken in incremental stages with the first intake of Year 12 learners commencing from 1st September 2018 based on:

  • 1st September 2018 – age range increases to 11-17 (10 learners in year 12)
  • 1st September 2019 – age range increases to 11-18 (10 learners in year 12, 10 learners in year 13)
  • 1st September 2020 – age range increases to 11-19 (10 learners in year 12, 10 learners in year 13, 10 learners in year 14)

The post 16 provision will be based within Crosshill Special School and the Shadsworth Hub setting which is currently used by Crosshill Special School for life skills development work.

The learners within the post 16 provision will gain access to the therapeutic environment and expertise already implemented within Crosshill Special School. The emphasis of the post 16 provision is to provide learners with the skills that they need to become as successful as they are able to do in terms of independence, further education, life skills, employment and living a good quality adult life with an emphasis on the contribution they can bring to their local community.

The running costs for the provision will be met from high needs funding payable at £10,000 per learner and an additional £2723 element 3 funding as an average. Some learners may receive a higher level of funding depending on the complexity of their needs.

Crosshill Special School provides high quality education, and the extension of age range from 11 – 16 years to 11 – 19 years will ensure that every learner within Crosshill Special School has an appropriate post 16 destination that meets their needs effectively and is progressive, whether this be a more specialist provision, remaining at Crosshill Special School or a mainstream college placement.

The curriculum and course offer will be developed to meet the personalised and specific progression needs of the individual learner but, in the main, it will centre on a semi-formal curriculum offer based around life skills, independent living and therapy based support. The focus will also be on providing substantial vocational elements with supported work experience.

Approval and implementation of this proposal will provide increased choice and progression for learners aged 16-19 with special educational needs within Blackburn with Darwen.

School Capacity

There are currently 57 learners on roll at Crosshill Special School with a capacity for 65 learners of mixed gender in the 11 to 16 age range. All learners at the school are day learners.  The capacity of the school for the 65 students aged 11-16 years will not change. The increase in age range will see the school capacity increase from 65 to 95, with the 30 additional learners being in the 16 – 19 years age range.

Impact of Proposal

The proposal aims to increase the choice for post 16 learners influenced by parental demand.

This increase in provision may negatively impact on other post 16 service providers.

Preliminary Consultation

Crosshill Special School carried out preliminary consultation between 6 April 2017 and 4 May 2017.

The consultation was a comprehensive, open and transparent process and consisted of:

  • A consultation document that was distributed to key stakeholders (parents, students, staff, local college and post 16 providers, Governors, medical and social care professionals, BwD Local Authority)
  • All secondary schools and special schools located in Blackburn with Darwen
  • Access to the consultation document and optional response via Survey Monkey through the school website
  • A newspaper article via a local daily newspaper regarding the schools proposal to open a post 16 provision
  • The school also held a public consultation meeting and invited students, parents, stakeholders and members of local communities to come along ask questions and share their thoughts on the proposal. This was held on 26th April 2017 within the school.
  • Daily prompts via social media platforms to remind stakeholders of opportunity to consult

Respondents were given the opportunity to add any comments in respect of the proposals. A summary of this consultation can be found here.

Objections and Comments

Should you wish to comment or object to the proposal, this should be made in writing by 13 February 2018, to:-

Phil Llewellyn, Executive and Regulatory Support Manager, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Legal & Democratic Services Department, Town Hall, Blackburn BB1 7DY

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