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Public consultation on proposal for a new joint special educational needs unit at Castle Academy and Hardingstone Academy


East Midlands Academy Trust is proposing a new joint special educational needs unit based at Castle Academy and Hardingstone Academy, both in Northampton. SEN departments are defined as mainstream education provision with enhanced resources to support the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. We are therefore consulting on proposals to create a new joint SEN unit across both schools that will meet the needs of the individual pupils as outlined in their Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). This proposal has been developed in conjunction with West Northamptonshire Council and will help ensure that sufficient SEND capacity is available in the area both now and in the future and will benefit children and young people with special educational needs residing in West Northants.

Current provision

This proposal seeks to establish a new provision for both schools.

The proposal

The local authority has a legal duty to provide a sufficiency of SEND places and to ensure a pupils’ EHCP is being effectively met. It is proposed that the local authority will fully fund the new SEN unit The new provision will be able to meet the needs of pupils at Castle Academy and Hardingstone Academy by providing a dedicated department that is well-placed to offer the support they need. This new provision would be developed alongside EHC to meet the demand that they have for specialist provision. It is planned that EYFS and Key Stage 1 pupils from both schools will access support via Castle Academy and Key Stage 2 pupils will access support via Hardingstone Academy.

The consultation process

The publication of this consultation document marks the start of our five-week public consultation process. The public consultation period will end at 5pm Monday 7th March.

If you wish to express any views or comments on the proposals, please let us have your response by no later than the above time and date. All views and responses will be carefully considered before any further decisions on the proposals are made.

As part of our consultation process, we are consulting with the following stakeholders:

  • Parents/carers staff at the schools
  • Other local schools
  • The local authority, and any other local authorities with pupils on an EHC plan at either school
  • The wider community
  • Other stakeholders, including the local authority and the local MP 
  • A copy of the proposal will also be sent to the Secretary of State within one week of the date of publication on the website (

How to take part

You can take part in our consultation on a proposed new joint SEN unit at Castle Academy and Hardingstone Academy in the following ways:


Write to: SEN consultation East Midlands Academy Trust Pyramus House Roman Way Grange Park Northampton NN4 5EA


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