Statutory consultation

The Governing Body of Ben Jonson School, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Local Authority, has expressed an interest and been accepted, to develop proposals to address the Tower Hamlets SEND Strategy and Primary Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Implementation Plan. To achieve this a prescribed alteration is necessary for Ben Jonson Primary School to establish an up to 12 place primary SEMH provision.

The council's education policy is to move towards integrated specialist provision, where appropriate and matched to pupils needs. The Local Authority SEND review made clear that the following aspects of current primary provision needed alteration

- There is currently no specialist SEMH girls primary provision in Tower Hamlets

- The current SEMH primary boys provision at Cherry Trees School does not offer sufficient access to the curriculum

- The current SEMH provision does not offer sufficient flexible of provision to quickly meet children's needs, particularly within an inclusive continuum offering access to mainstream provision, where appropriate.

Ben Jonson School have worked with Bowden House School to develop a proposal that would address these issues and would provide an alternative quality provision should the decision be taken to close Cherry Trees School. This is the statutory notice to obtain your views.

Parents, carers and staff of Ben Jonson Primary School are invited to attend a zoom session regarding the consultation for SEMH provision.

This meeting will be led by Dr Helen Jenner, please join one of the sessions below:

Monday 1 February 2021

For parents and carers

9.30am - 10.30am

Zoom Meeting link:

Meeting ID: 825 0435 5690

For parents and carers

2.30am - 3.30pm

Zoom meeting link

Meeting ID: 854 2692 4779

For staff

4.30pm - 5.30pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 824 3600 9007

For all

6.00pm - 7.00pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 899 2189 4416

* Ben Jonson Primary School Governors are invited to attend any session.

Statutory Notice: Publication date Monday 11 January 2021

Proposal for a prescribed alteration to Ben Jonson School to establish an up to 12 place Special Educational Needs provision from September 2021

Notice is given in accordance with Section 15 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (as amended by the Education Act 2011) and the School Organisation (Establishment and Discontinuance of Schools) Regulations 2013 that Tower Hamlets local authority will decide whether to establish a 12 place SEMH provision at Ben Jonson Primary School.

This will be established following the implementation of the Tower Hamlets SEND Strategy and Tower Hamlets Primary SEMH Implementation Plan.

This Notice is an extract from the complete proposal which can be viewed below.

Procedure for making representations (objections and comments)

Within four weeks from the date of publication of this statutory notice, any person may

object to or make comments on the proposal by email or by post.

Closing date for responses is 5pm, Monday 8 February 2021

By email:


By post:          Ben Jonson School, Harford St, Mile End, London E1 4PZ

Or School Organisation and Place Planning Manager

Pupil Services and School Sufficiency

Tower Hamlets Children and Culture

Town Hall, Mulberry Place

5 Clove Crescent

E14 5BG

We will not be able to consider any responses received after 5pm 8th February

A report considering all responses received during the representation period will be published on the Ben Jonson School Website and

Council's website in late February 2021.

Important information

Full Statutory Notice Ben Jonson School

Short Statutory Notice Ben Jonson School

Stage One Consultation FAQ

Stage One Consultation Report

Queries for Parents

If you have any questions regarding our school please contact Dee Dillon, our Attendance and Family Welfare Officer.