As a result of declining residential numbers within the School, and the success of the Engagement Support Worker approach, Hailey Hall Trust is, therefore, proposing to close its residential provision from 1st September 2022. This decision is consistent with, and supported by, Hertfordshire County Council, who are also consulting on a proposal to close the residential offer at Falconer School.
The Engagement Support Worker approach at Hailey Hall School has been extremely successful in providing one to one, family and community-based support. The approach has also assisted with removing barriers to learning and attendance. It has led to improved community links and integrated partnership support approaches.
Programmes offering extended day provision have also been offered, which are proving to be effective, and the School will continue to assess the use of these to enhance educational provision.
Targeted Mental Health support is also available on an increasing basis, as outlined later in this consultation.
Why is this being proposed?
As stated, the School has seen a decline in the application for boarders over the last few years, and a new model of support is being accelerated due to the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Due to the decline in demand for residential provision it is no longer financially viable.
The School will continue to use the Education Support Worker approach, together with other targeted interventions. There will be no financial implications of this proposal and this proposal has been discussed with the Board of Trustees. The Board supports the proposal to close the residential provision, for the reasons outlined in this consultation letter.