The Governing Body of Hamilton School is proposing to consult on the following temporary changes to Hamilton School:

· Alter the Age range from 4 -11 years to 4 – 13 years.

· This will allow year 6 pupils to remain at the school for an additional year in Year 7

As you are aware, the school is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and currently has 121 primary agreed pupils with ASC. You will also be aware that there is a shortage of places for secondary age pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for Autism Spectrum Condition. By enabling pupils at Hamilton School to remain for an extra year and possibly until the end of year 8, will reduce the pressure on other schools offering ASC places across the city. It is anticipated that the alteration to the age range will be on a temporary basis for up to two years in the first instance starting from September 2023. Birmingham City Council fully support the Governing Body proposal.

No doubt you will have many questions about what this means for your children who are due to go to their secondary school in September 2023 - what happens after the two years, who will be teaching our children, where will they be taught, why is this not a permanent change, to name but a few of the questions.

A full consultation document will be published in January 2023 when the school opens after the Christmas break, which will answer some of your questions. There will also be an opportunity to come and talk to the governors, officers from the Local Authority and senior members of staff at the school in January to answer any questions you may have.

Please read the letter linked below for more information