Hendon Brook Short Stay School

Lancashire County Council is proposing to consult on the future of Hendon Brook Short Stay School, Nelson BB9 8BP.  All interested parties are invited to share their views on this proposal, which includes giving consideration to the possibility of the school closing. Should the decision be taken to close the school, this would come into effect from 31 August 2020.

A consultation booklet (PDF 946 KB) provides more information about the proposal. We can provide copies of the consultation document to members of the local community on request.

A consultation will run until 18 October 2019. This is a period of consultation during which the views of any interested parties are sought and which will be considered before any move to the more formal stages of the statutory process.

How to share your views

We welcome your views and all comments will be considered very carefully before any decision is made to progress any further with this proposal.

Consultation event

You are invited to express your views on the proposal at an event organised at Hendon Brook Short Stay School on Wednesday 25 September 2019 from 3pm to 8pm.

Please book an appointment before the event by contacting the School Improvement Service on 01772 531284 or email The closing date for booking an appointment is Friday 20 September at 5pm.

This will allow us to manage the process effectively, minimise waiting times and ensure that appropriate officers are available to offer advice and guidance relating to specific matters of interest.


Complete the questionnaire

Respond in writing

You can respond by completing the questionnaire in the consultation booklet (PDF 946 KB) or writing separately:

Post to:

Business Intelligence,
Lancashire County Council,
PO Box 100,
County Hall,

Email to:

A hard copy can be returned to the office at Hendon Brook Short Stay School. This will be forwarded to Lancashire County Council on your behalf.

Please submit just one response per person to this consultation.

We are sorry that, due to the volume of responses we receive when consulting on proposals for schools, we will not be able to acknowledge written responses nor enter into correspondence with interested parties during or after the consultation period. It is important to attend the relevant consultation event if you require clarification or more information on the proposal.


Date Stage
9 September 2019 to
18 October 2019
December 2019 Cabinet member decision making session to consider the results of the consultation and decide whether to publish a Statutory Notice of the proposal
January 2020 Publication of Statutory Notice
January/February 2020 Representation (6 weeks)
April 2020 Final decision by Cabinet Member

Cabinet reports and decisions

On 13 June 2019, cabinet gave their approval for a stage one consultation to take place on this proposal from 9 September to 18 October 2019.


Hendon Brook Short Stay School was judged inadequate by Ofsted in April 2017. A monitoring visit in January 2019 concluded the school was not taking sufficient action to remove the need for special measures.

Owing to the continuing low standards at the school, the local authority has decided to restrict the number of new admissions, which means there are currently only 17 pupils on roll. As a result, the school's costs are much higher than its income, which means it is no longer financially viable.

The school has struggled to recruit and retain good staff and this has had an effect on the quality of teaching and the results achieved by pupils.

The school building is not well designed for its current purpose and it would be very expensive to modernise.

As a result, cabinet made the decision for Lancashire County Council to proceed with the consultation.