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We, the undersigned, petition West Sussex County Council to provide the children of Chichester Borough (and in support of children in surrounding areas) with an equal opportunity to access appropriate provision in further education, during transition and early adulthood. For those with Special Educational Needs, this should be done specifically by establishing a sixth form (provision for year 12 and 13) at St. Anthony’s Special School in Chichester. The current group for ‘Exceptional Needs’, which was established by WSCC, fails to provide this level of continuity through transition, & up to 19yrs – or beyond, if still in further education; as legally supported by children’s statements of SEN. (SEN Code of practice- item 8:121-8:124). This would provide not only continued structured support for those with Special Educational Needs (in particular complex communication conditions), but also provide outreach aid to equivalent years in local mainstream schools who would otherwise struggle with transition, and is a requirement that is soon to be established under new legislation. The main support for transition within Chichester College itself would need to be set up as a correctly equipped unit similar to that currently provided by St. Anthony’s Special School. This will entail the provision of suitable environmental surroundings & specialist teaching, providing individualised courses & vocational training and support throughout further education. Outreach planning, staffing and course guidance could be provided by the highly qualified staff at St. Anthony’s Special School. The site of Chichester College could easily accommodate all of the above provision if necessary. Thank You Very Much For Your Support. (Donation is not connected with this cause - only to the petition site to support free petitions, you may just close page once you have signed). Your Comments are really valuable, we would be most grateful if you can spare time to do this;- PLEASE NOTE! THERE IS A TEMPORARY HTML GLITCH ON THE SYSTEM WHICH MEANS THAT THE PETITION WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY TEXT WHICH CONTAINS AN APOSTROPHE ( ' ). Sorry for the inconvenience - we hope to rectify this soon. Please enter comments excluding apostrophies.


As parents of children with Complex Communication and Social Difficulties we are seeking to ensure that the continuation of appropriate education is available to all within our local community and the surrounding areas. We support the following proposal and petition West Sussex County Council to assist in providing equal opportunities for our children.


http://www.st-anthonys.w-sussex.sch.uk A Very Special School!
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