ASD consultation

Autistic Spectrum Disorder special school consultation

Monday 11 April 2016 - midnight Sunday 22nd May 2016

Newport City Council is consulting on the proposal:

To establish a new special school in Newport to accommodate pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on the current infant site of Gaer Primary School, with effect from January 2017.

Download the Report to the Cabinet Member for Education & Young People (pdf)

Download the associated Decision Schedule (pdf) 

Download the Fairness and Equality Impact Assessment (pdf)

The consultation process is an opportunity for people to learn about the proposal, ask questions and make comments that will be recorded and considered when the council makes its decicion.  


The consultation involved two drop-in sessions for those most directly affected by the proposal, where council officers were on hand to explain the proposals in more detail and answer any questions: 


Date and time

Civic Centre, Newport, NP20 4UR

Monday 18 April 2016, 4pm – 6pm

Civic Centre, Newport, NP20 4UR  

Thursday 21 April 2016, 10am – 12pm


You may also provide your views in writing.

Download the consultation document (pdf)

Download the consultation everyday summary version for children and young people (pdf)

Download the consultation response pro-forma (pdf)

The pro-forma was also available at the drop-in sessions.  

The proposal

The proposal concerns the establishment of a new community-maintained special school to support the provision of education for children aged from 3 years to 19 years who have been diagnosed with ASD.

The new school will have 48 school places and will be established on the site of the current Gaer Primary School infant building.

Following the amalgamation of Gaer Junior School and Gaer Infant School in September 2014, a considerable level of investment is taking place to provide for a consolidated Gaer Primary School with effect from September 2016.

The current infant building will be vacant on an appropriate education setting which also hosts the Gaer annexe.  

The school will aim to provide the highest possible standards of education and support for all its pupils regardless of their level of educational need.

Pupils learn best in a safe, supportive and positive environment. The positive management of behaviour and the fostering of self-esteem and self-discipline are essential first steps in creating a successful learning and teaching environment, working in close partnership with parents and carers will be essential to the successful education of their children. 

What happens next?

Following consultation the council's Cabinet Member for Education and Young People will consider the views expressed and then decide whether to proceed with the proposal.  

If the decision is taken to proceed, a statutory notice will be published. The statutory notice period will last for 28 days from the date of publication and enables people to express their views in the form of supporting or objecting to the proposals.  

If no objections are received following the publication of the statutory notice the council's Cabinet Member for Education and Young People will make the final decision as to whether to proceed.


Email your comments to or write to:

Education Service Development Manager, Newport City Council, Room 425W, Civic Centre, Newport NP20 4UR