The Polygon Special School - proposal to increase the number of school places

In response to an increase in demand for special school places, Southampton City Council is proposing to increase the number of pupil places at The Polygon Special School (Handel Terrace, Southampton SO15 2FH).

The intention is to increase the numbers from 60 to 70 as from 1 January 2021 without enlarging the accommodation at the school. The proposal is subject to a statutory process.

Southampton City Council believes that increasing the number of pupil places will secure the following benefits for children with significant social, emotional and mental health needs:

  • Admittance to their parents’ preferred school
  • Access to a suitable educational environment
  • Access to specialist staff
  • Equitable treatment in relation to children with similar needs
  • Locally based provision avoiding the need for children to spend unnecessary time travelling to an alternative school further away

This proposal is aligned to a wider strategy of expansion and reconfiguration of specialist provision across the city and is supported by the school senior leadership and governors. The council believes that the proposal will not cause any detrimental effect to any of the pupils or staff within the school.

The complete proposal and statutory notice are available below. Alternatively, a hard copy can be obtained by contacting: 0-25 service – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, 1st Floor, North Block, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LY. Telephone 023 8083 3013 or email

Within four weeks of the date of publication of this proposal, any person may object to or make comments on the proposal by sending them to the address above. The date of publication was Monday 7 September 2020. Representations must be received by midnight on Sunday 4 October 2020.

Read the full consultation document

Read the statutory notice