Update June 2021
St Helens SEND Capital Programme – Update 2021
In 2017, the DfE announced a £215m capital grant for local authorities to invest in, and improve, the quality and range of provision for children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities aged 0 to 25.
St Helens was allocated £166,000 of funding each year for 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 – a total of £500,000 - from this capital fund. In 2018, the DfE announced further funding, which for St Helens is £348,837 over 2 years. Feedback in 2018 agreed with the proposal to improve our SEMH school but highlighted a gap in provision for those with SEMH needs who could be supported in mainstream and the need to improve the offer for pupils with ASD.
Since 2018, the Local Authority has worked on 3 key projects to improve our offer for pupils with SEND.
- Mill Green - work was completed on a new Key Stage 5 base in 2020, and proposals to increase numbers was approved in October 2020.
Penkford - the Local Authority approved £6.8m investment to re-purpose the former Redbank Community Home for Redbank Special School.
Ashurst Primary School - the Local Authority approved £7.7m investment to re-build Ashurst school, which will include a specialist facility for pupils with SEMH.