The Grove: The Proposed Special School for Autism Consultation
The Grove is a new special school, and will be part of the Heartlands Community Trust family. It will provide 104 places for boys and girls in the age range 5–19 years, with a diagnosis of autism, who are working either below, or at, age-related expectations.
It is our intention to close the current designated autism provision at Heartlands High School and open a new special school for autism. The school will open on a temporary site initially, and move to its permanent home – a former educational building in N17 – in 2019.
You can respond to the consultation by downloading and completing a paper questionnaire and returning it to: The Grove Consultation – A New Special School for Autism,
c/o Heartlands Community Trust, Station Road, N22 7ST or by following the link to the online questionnaire:
The consultation runs for six weeks from Wednesday 24th January to Wednesday 14th March 2018. Please make sure we receive your comments and completed questionnaires by 5pm on Wednesday 14th March 2018.
Parents and carers are warmly invited to join us for an informal drop-in session at Heartlands High School, Station Road on Thursday 1st March at either 10–11am or 6.30–7.30pm. You will be able to hear more about the proposals and ask any questions. Children are welcome.
Sixth Form Consultation
Heartlands High School was opened in September 2010. The school is popular and oversubscribed within the local community.
The Directors, Governors, parents, staff and pupils at the school have long held the ambition to provide education beyond the age of 16 to those students that would like to study Level 3 A levels. We have the highest aspirations for students within the school and it is fitting that we should help students to realise their ambitions by providing high quality A Level teaching to those young people that wish to go on to study at university.
We are required, prior to putting in an application to the DFE to undertake a formal period of consultation. We are genuinely interested in hearing your views and would, therefore, like to open a consultation with all stakeholders and the community on extending the age range of Heartlands High school to 11–18 and to opening a Sixth Form Centre within the school from 2019. Please find below a leaflet that gives you information on how to respond to the consultation. You may also access the information and survey here:
We will be holding a consultation event on the 6th June at 18:00. This event will be for parents or members of the school community that have questions or concerns about the proposal. The consultation period will close on 26th June 2017. Following that, Directors will consider responses on making a decision about whether or not to submit an application.
Proposal to increase the Planned Admission Number for Heartlands High School
Heartlands High School has been open since 2010 and our pupils sat GCSE’s for the first time in 2015. In both 2015 and 2016 Heartlands High School pupils achieved amongst the best results in Haringey. We are popular and oversubscribed school.
Heartlands High School has a planned admission number (PAN) of 216. This means that the school can admit 216 pupils into year 7 each year. This assumes eight classes of 27 pupils. Having a PAN based on class sizes of 27 is unusual. Elsewhere in England, with very few exceptions, the PAN assumes a class size of 30 pupils. Although classes are organised in groups of 27, in practice these groups are often split into sets with English, Maths, Science and within options from. This means that classes are often smaller than 27. Across the whole school the ratio of teachers to pupils remains below 15–1.
Continuing with the current PAN, and a low number ratio of pupils to teacher, is not financially sustainable. After careful consideration the Heartlands Governors and Senior Leadership Team have concluded that the best way to maintain our performance while ensuring our finances are secure is to bring Heartland High Schools PAN into line with that in schools elsewhere in England. Our processes and practices are now well embedded and clearly successful. We are very well placed to deliver education and improve pupil achievement with a modest increase in class sizes. In fact the ratio of teachers to pupils will not rise above 15–1 in spite of the changes
Many other schools within Haringey have already made this change. Haringey are consulting upon this for all maintained schools. We therefore propose to increase our PAN to 240 from 216 starting with the 2017–18 year 7 intake, that is from September. While we have considered the implications of this proposed change in detail we are conscious that we need to consult with all affected parties on the proposal to increase the school population, eventually, from 1080 to 1200.