Council hopes to build SEMH facility to support pupils at Hornchurch school

Suttons Primary School

The council said the building would support the children "while including them within the mainstream school setting” - Credit: Google

A facility to support children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) issues may be added to a Hornchurch primary school following a recent planning application. 

The applicant, Havering Council, hopes to construct the building on the grounds of Suttons Primary School with the goal of “supporting them [the children] while including them within the mainstream school setting”. 

The plans outline how the proposed facility would be built on a plot of land to the north of the school site, and would also include hedgerows, trees and other outdoor spaces. 

If approved, work would begin in March 2023, with completion expected by May 2024.

With the ability to support 12 SEMH children, the council says in documents submitted as part of the application, the unit is part of its wider aim to support children in its local community “in as inclusive environment as possible”. 

It adds: “This is a much-needed provision, and the other SEND units already operating in Havering are testaments to the success that can be achieved in specialist provisions in mainstream schools.” 

Havering Council leader Cllr Ray Morgan said: “The proposed site at Suttons Primary School is a key part of the council’s High Needs Strategy, and will provide vital specialist support for pupils with SEMH needs.

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“The proposal follows an extensive consultation with parents and local residents, and will help to support the school’s good education standards for all pupils.

“The council’s High Needs Strategy is under constant review to ensure we can support the growing numbers of pupils with SEMH needs across Havering.

“This includes a further primary Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit, and a new SEMH Special school due to open in September 2023 at the St Edwards Secondary school site.”

View the application using the reference P1150.22.