Public Consultation 23rd April - 4th June 2018
Quest Academy is proposing to extend the age range for the school to accommodate 6 children in Year 3 and 6 in Year 4 (12 in total) from September 2019.
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Quest Academy opened in September 2017 with capacity to offer education to children in Year 5 to 13. Due to high levels of demand MacIntyre Academies Trust intend to lower the age range for the school to accommodate 6 children in Year 3 and 4 (12 in total) from September 2019. The public consultation will commence 23rd April 2018 and end on 4th June 2018, therefore all responses will need to be received by then.
The information below outlines key questions that the Trust thinks people may want to consider, the process by which people can respond, and what will happen to responses.
What is being proposed?
- Our 80 place special school for children and young people with Autism and/or social, emotional and mental health needs, aged 9 to 19 opened in September 2017. The school is operating in a temporary site in Nuneaton for the first year, with plans to move to a permanent site in Rugby in September 2019.
- Quest Academy admits children and young people who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. School referrals will be through the Local Authorities who have named the school in individual children’s EHC plan.
- The need for this school was identified by Warwickshire County Council as there are insufficient specialist school places within the county. Since the school opened Warwickshire County Council have undertaken further needs analysis and as such have asked MacIntyre Academies Trust to expand the age range of pupils to accommodate two additional classes of pupils for year 3 and 4.
- To accommodate these additional pupils the school will need to increase pupil numbers from 80 to 92. This number can be accommodated at the school without the need to expand the building. We intend for the lowering of the age range to commence from September 2019 when we will occupy our new building.
Our Vision and Ethos
Quest Academy provides a healthy, safe and enjoyable environment, with excellent teaching and learning and a focus on high quality personalised education and support. The school provides a curriculum designed to follow a personalised learning approach, providing flexibility to meet the needs of all students. The school aims to know every child and young person as an individual, where their interests lie and what motivates them. This is key to their success and happiness, and to the success of the school.
We believe all young people, regardless of learning difficulty, deserve the best education possible. We want our students to be ambitious for themselves and we need to be ambitious on their behalf. Therefore our aim is to deliver an ‘outstanding’ school with outstanding outcomes. A school which is truly family centred with education individualised to each child/young person. Since its inception MacIntyre Academies Trust intended for the school to evolve according to local needs, parents/carers have been fully involved and connected from the outset. Our school is also run in close partnership with Warwickshire County Council.
We have listened to families and the local authority and therefore intend to expand the age range of our school.
Actions arising from the consultation
All responses received will be read and considered by the Trust Board directors, and will be documented in the consultation’s Summary Report. This will be submitted to the Secretary of State to allow her to consider it as she draws up the Funding Agreement for the school. A summary of the findings will be published at a later date on this website and the MacIntyre Academies Trust website.