Public feedback sought for proposed Special School in Stockport

Pear Tree Specialist Support High School, situated on Worcester Road in Cheadle Hulme, has been commissioned by the Local Authority as a special school with Further Education provision. This unique school will focus on catering to the needs of young people aged 11-19 who have severe learning difficulties and associated requirements, offering a total of 133 places. It is set to open its doors in September of this year. By providing specialist education locally, the school aims to fill a crucial gap in support for vulnerable secondary school students in the area, eliminating the need for them to travel. Collaborating closely with partners throughout Stockport, the school’s provision will ensure that our children receive the assistance they require.

For more information about Pear Tree High School, including details on admissions, please visit this link.

Councillor Wendy Meikle, the Cabinet Member for Children, Families & Education at Stockport Council, expressed her excitement about the plans for Pear Tree High School, highlighting the significant benefits it will bring to Stockport. Not only will children with severe learning difficulties and associated needs in the borough have access to an outstanding education close to home, but the wider community will also benefit. Councillor Meikle urged residents to participate in the consultation process, ensuring that the views of as many people in the borough as possible are heard.

The school’s plans have progressed to the pre-opening stage, overseen by the Department for Education. As part of Section 10 of the Academies Act 2010, the school is now required to conduct a public consultation. Feedback, responses, and any questions can be submitted as part of this statutory consultation through various channels, including online, in writing, via telephone, or by email.

The consultation period will conclude at 12 noon on Wednesday 21st February 2024. This is the deadline for providing any feedback, responses, or questions.

Following the consultation, the findings and feedback will be compiled into a Section 10 Consultation Report, which will be published on the website of the Prospere Learning Trust. The trust will also respond to any questions raised during the consultation period by updating the information on its website.

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