ASD consultation

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) special school

Read about Newport City Council's formal approval of this school

Frequently asked questions about the new special school

Consultation took place Monday 11 April - Sunday 22 May 2016

The council has formally approved the development of this school 

Newport City Council consulted 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 was an opportunity for people to learn about the proposal, ask questions and make comments that were recorded and considered when the council made its decision.  


The consultation involved two drop-in sessions with those most directly affected by the proposal with council officers 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

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, investment took place to provide for a consolidated Gaer Primary School 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 (CM) for Education and Young People considered the views expressed and decided to proceed with the proposal.  

A statutory notice was published for 28 days from the date of publication to enable people to express their views by supporting or objecting to the proposals.  

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

Consultation report

Following the end of the formal consultation period a consultation report has been prepared which summarises the issues and points raised by consultees.

Download the consultation report (pdf) 

Statutory notice stage

The CM for Education and Young People considered the responses received during the formal consultation process and decided to take forward the proposal.

Download the Report (pdf), the associated Decision Schedule (pdf) and the updated Fairness and Equality Impact Assessment. (pdf)

A Statutory Notice was published 15 November 2016 for a period of 28 days and no objections were submitted.

Final decision  

The full statutory consultation process has now ended on the council’s proposal to establish a new special school in Newport.  

This process passed through the statutory notice stage without objection and a final decision on the proposal has been taken by the Cabinet Member for Education and Young People to implement the proposal. 

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

Download the associated Decision Schedule (pdf)  

Download the Fairness and Equality Impact Assessment (pdf)

Download the final decision notification letter (pdf)