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Alternative Provision in Gloucestershire: A proposal to bring two Pupils Referral Units together

Published
08.09.2022

Gloucestershire County Council is engaging with stakeholders on a proposal to bring The Gloucester and Forest Alterative Provision School (GFAPS) and Severn Valley School together as a single institution from September 2023.

Gloucestershire County Council is engaging with stakeholders on a proposal to bring The Gloucester and Forest Alterative Provision School (GFAPS) and Severn Valley School together as a single institution from September 2023.

Gloucestershire County Council has worked in partnership with the Management Committees of these two Pupil Referral Units to develop a joint proposal to bring these two Pupil Referral Units together to form a single institution with effect from September 2023. We believe this will ensure continued to high quality education for pupils at the right time and in the right way as well as create a greater consistency of offer to Gloucestershire’s schools and the vulnerable children and young people we serve. It is intended that all existing sites will remain operational.

This follows a similar process undertaken in 2021 which successfully resulted in The Stroud and Cotswold Alternative Provision School (SCAPS) and The Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Alternative Provision School (CTAPS) coming together (in January 2022) as Severn Valley School.

If approved, this proposal will create one single and county-wide alternative provision service supporting children and young people who have been, and are at risk of being, excluded from school and provides us with a unique opportunity to consider how the sites and provision can be best structured to meet the needs of the pupils it serves.

Further improving the arrangements in place for the vulnerable learners who access alternative provision is one of the key priorities in Gloucestershire’s Education Inclusion Strategy 2022-2025

The opportunity for stakeholders to engage with this proposal will run from 7 September 2022 till 7 October 2022 and the detailed background information document can be accessed https://haveyoursaygloucestershire.uk.engagementhq.com/a-proposal-to-make-further-changes-to-alternative-provision-in-gloucestershire. We welcome any comments and feedback from Headteachers as part of this engagement activity.

Later in 2023 the Management Committee will consult extensively on further proposals as to how the service to schools and children, young people and their families could be structured.

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