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    Bit of a longshot this but I don't know where else to ask and I'm a regular on here. Is there anyone on here who knows anything about setting up a school from scratch. I currently run a school based resource for children with emotional and behavioural problems and would love to set up a school to work with kids who are out of education because there is no suitable resource to cope with their needs. I'm seriously considering making this residential - if I knew where to start.
    Just to make it clearer, I am a qualified and very experienced secondary school teacher.

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    Mabye ask the goverment for help, they could give you money and some resoruces?

    Theres a large property in Jersey becoming vacant soon.:whistling:

    On a serious note good luck as it sounds a worthy venture, try getting in touch with your LEA (local education authority) or if you are planning it for a different are the LEA of that locale
    As Harvie says try the government for advice too as their may be funding available to you although im not sure which department this would fall under, be prepared for a lot of hurdles along the way though and a lot of red tape as I don't expect it will be an easy journey! Above all though keep your spirits up and your head held high as it sounds like a noble mission.

    harlzter;1648163

    Theres a large property in Jersey becoming vacant soon.:whistling:



    Now thats just harsh

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    It would be your local council or LEA you would need to speak to.

    Okay, I haven't got experience of setting up a school, but I am a qualified Primary teacher and know about running a school, so...

    It will take a minimum of three years to set up, you'll have to go on, and pay for, one heck of a lot of courses before any consideration can be made by your LEA to granting you the rights to open a school. Your key staff will have to be 'in place', which essentially will mean salaried, in a sufficient timescale (six months?) before opening so that they can be assessed, have CRBs carried out, and attend specific training courses related to SEN provision. There are numerous legal issues you'll have to resolve including insurance (a very specific issue in education) and pupil/staff ratios. You'll almost certainly have to own a property that will be considered suitable for the purpose, and make multiple adaptions to it to provide disability access and fulfil health and saftey requrements.
    Essentially, running a resource centre is probably the best and most effective of continuing your work- but if the LEA has a number of displaced pupils, they may be willing to at least discuss potential funding. As a standalone venture, i'd hazard the cost would be close to £1 1/2 million, with no real certainty of ever achieving the permission to open and run the school. The strange thing is that schools are one of the few commercial ventures that have little resale value, despite the immense task of setting them up in the first place. Obviously this means that you're unlikely to make a fortune from this, but as you're already involved on the periphery of education, I guess you already know this!
    gd luck

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    thanks for all the comments. I have spoken to someone from our LEA and may start small by taking over a small building and offering part time provision initially. I'd still welcome anything else, particularly if there is anyone out there who has done something like this!

    A company called Foster Care Associates in Stoke Prior, Worcestershire used to run a school like you are decribing until very recently. The school was meant to be primarily for foster kids who were out of the system for various reasons but was used mainly for Leicestershire kids who were not in Foster care - such was the need. I am unsure of the details but I do know that the school was never viable - it was supported by the rest of the business.

    Possibly it may be worth contacting either Jan or Jim (founders of FCA) there and they would be able to give you there opinions and help - I am not sure how available they are though... good luck... Just remembered the school was called The Coach House School - I think.

    [url]www.thefca.co.uk/[/url] is the link to them.
    I would like to state that I am an x employee of the above company but I left on bad terms - I am only mentioning them now because I feel they could possibly help Susannah.

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    nixinix;1652039

    A company called Foster Care Associates in Stoke Prior, Worcestershire … A company called Foster Care Associates in Stoke Prior, Worcestershire used to run a school like you are decribing until very recently. The school was meant to be primarily for foster kids who were out of the system for various reasons but was used mainly for Leicestershire kids who were not in Foster care - such was the need. I am unsure of the details but I do know that the school was never viable - it was supported by the rest of the business. Possibly it may be worth contacting either Jan or Jim (founders of FCA) there and they would be able to give you there opinions and help - I am not sure how available they are though... good luck... Just remembered the school was called The Coach House School - I think. [url]www.thefca.co.uk/[/url] is the link to them. I would like to state that I am an x employee of the above company but I left on bad terms - I am only mentioning them now because I feel they could possibly help Susannah.


    thanks for this - I will contact them.

    get in touch with your local council and the lottery fund they are always willing to help new projects. good luck!:thumbsup:

    Susannah;1652715

    thanks for this - I will contact them.



    Don't mention me......! :whistling: Good Luck....

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    The reply was specially for you - but if you're miffed, here have a kiss . xx
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