Proposal to establish a special educational needs (SEN) facility at Grovelands Community Primary School from 1 January 2019

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) would like to establish a SEN facility at Grovelands Community Primary School to accommodate up to 8 pupils with a primary need of Autism.


A recent review of special educational needs provision in the County concluded that there is a gap in specialist provision in mainstream primary schools for pupils with a primary need of Autism (ASD) in the Hailsham area.  ESCC would like to establish a facility for up to 8 pupils at Grovelands Community Primary School to address this.


There is already a specialist facility for pupils at Hailsham Community College.  Developing a primary facility in close proximity to the existing secondary school facility would allow progression for pupils and continuity of support to aid the transition of pupils for whom a secondary facility is the most appropriate next stage. This will assist in reducing the increasing trend of transition from mainstream primary school to special secondary schools.  For some pupils, providing early intervention at primary phase through a facility place, will address needs and enable transition to mainstream secondary school.


The consultation on the proposal will begin on Friday 6 July and run until Friday 14 September 2018.  The consultation will go live on the East Sussex County Council website on 6 July and can be viewed by following the link below.  I would encourage you to give your views on the proposal.

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Welcome to our school website. Grovelands School has been serving the Hailsham community since 1934 and we are very proud of our wonderful school building and surrounding grounds.

This is enhanced by the school’s happy ethos and welcoming atmosphere, pupils at the school are given the opportunity to explore their talents in a number of ways whether that be academically, on the sports’ field or in our wide variety of performing arts.

Grovelands School is a very inclusive school and we are proud to have children of all abilities at the school and enjoy seeing everyone develop as a member of the school community. The ethos of the school and our slogan of ‘Believe, Create, Achieve’, is based on encouraging all children to achieve excellence through challenge and a belief in themselves. This is supported by a staff team who drive and aspire for the best. 

I hope that this website will give you a flavour of Grovelands and a desire to come and see us for yourself.

Mr Jon Goulding