Specialist Resource Base (SRB)
Our excellent educational provision, has been acknowledged by Norfolk County Council, resulting in the school being identified as the site for a new SRB. The new Specialist Resource Base in the west of the county will act as hub for pupils requiring specialist educational support.
This is an exciting opportunity to build upon the excellent work that our staff already undertake by sharing our combined skills, experience and enthusiasm to the benefit of pupils from beyond our traditional catchment area.
The proposed SRB at Hillcrest is just one of several new facilities planned across Norfolk following Norfolk County Council’s announcement in 2018 to transform provision for those with Special Education Needs and Disability across the county. The staff at Hillcrest are proud that we have been identified as a new location for part of that new provision.
There are different categories of SRB serving pupils with very different needs. The SRB that Hillcrest has been asked to accommodate is one for pupils demonstrating Learning and Cognition Needs (LCN). This means that, unlike many of the SRBs identified for development across the county which cater for children with behavioural needs, the LCN SRB planned for Hillcrest will not be for the most behaviourally challenging children.
Instead, children identified for inclusion at an LCN SRB will have been selected for their academic needs and NOT because they demonstrate challenging behaviour. If poor behaviour was the primary need, then they would be directed towards an SEMH SRB for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs of which there are other venues located across West Norfolk.
Hillcrest’s own pupils will also benefit from the proposed new LCN SRB should they demonstrate learning and cognition needs that would fit with the profile of pupil that the centre would support. Hillcrest will also experience increased staff training and expertise in areas such as speech and language development.
The proposed SRB at Hillcrest will be staffed by specialists trained to get the best from pupils with such severe and complex learning needs. These new positions will be fully funded by the Local Authority and will NOT be a drain on existing school resources.
A new building would be developed to the rear of the main school, close to the location of the last remaining mobile classroom. This new building would consist of two classrooms, enabling the SRB to cater for 8 pupils in Key Stage 1 and 8 pupils in Key Stage 2.
The consultation process for developing the new SRBs across Norfolk begins 07.01.2020 and there is a booklet that explains the process and the ways in which you can make your feelings felt, attached to the bottom of this page. Additionally, you can click on the link below.
We would urge those who support this exciting new development, as well as those who have concerns, to respond to the consultation to ensure there is a balanced viewpoint.
There are two events planned, where parents and other members of the local community can pose questions to Hillcrest staff and Local Authority representatives on the proposals. These will take place between 3 & 4pm on Wednesday 15th January and between 5 & 6pm on Thursday 30th January.
We look forward to hearing from you.