Issue - meetings

The Need for Extra Primary School Places 2019 - 2023

Meeting: 17/09/2019 - Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Item 16)

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To consider matters relating to extra school places - Determination of Statutory Proposals for Enlargements and SEN Resourced Provision, and Additional Capacity.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Director of Children’s Services which presented the responses to the published proposals for the enlargement of the Castleton Primary and Crossgates Primary and which presented the responses to the published proposals for the creation of an Autism resourced provision at Shawclough Primary and ask had asked Cabinet to determine on the proposal.

 

The report had also sought approval from Cabinet for expenditure on Primary school additional places in the south Rochdale Township and Secondary Schools for extra capacity for 2020 September intake.

 

The Chair referred to recent issues he had experienced with dealing with a school admissions matter which the School Place Planning Manager agreed to look into outside the meeting.

 

It was agreed that a report on out of Borough placements for Special Educational Needs be submitted to a future meeting of the Committee.

 

Resolved:

 

1.    That the report be noted;

2.    That a report be submitted to a future meeting of the Committee relating to Special Educational Needs out of Borough provision.

 

 


Meeting: 30/07/2019 - Cabinet (Item 10)

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To consider matters relating to extra school places - Determination of Statutory Proposals for Enlargements and SEN Resourced Provision, and Additional Capacity.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report outlining responses to the published proposals for the capacity changes, service provision and associated expenditure within a number of schools in the Borough:

 

Alternatives Considered

 

The School Organisation and Development Team within Early Help and Schools aims to listen to suggestions from the consultations it runs on extra capacity in both its primary and secondary school estates. The decision to currently reject the expansion at Crossgates Primary for 2021 may have to be revisited in the future.

 

It was AGREED

 

1.    That the enlargement of Castleton Primary School be approved to provide an additional 30 places in each new admission year group. The enlargement would make permanent an admission number of 60 from September 2019.

 

2.    That the rejection of the enlargement of Crossgates Primary School be noted, with the retention of admission numbers at 45 places per year group.

 

3.    That the creation of an autism Resourced Provision at Shawclough Primary school be approved to provide an additional 12 places for children with an EHCP for autism.

 

4.    That approval be given for expenditure for the implementation of an expansion at St Johns Thornham; for invitations to tender to be issued and accepted and for the supporting contracts, and any incidental and ancillary documentation, to be signed in order to deliver the scheme in accordance with Financial Regulations.

 

5.    That approval be given for expenditure of additional funds for the implementation of the plan to deliver up to 120 extra secondary school places within the boroughs existing schools for the 2020 intake year to meet the predicted need.

 

6.    That approval be given for additional Basic Need Programme spend of £2,185,000 for the projects relating to St Johns Thornham and the extra secondary school places as set out in Appendix 1 to the report.

 

Reason for Decision

 

There is a need for extra primary school places as detailed in the preious report to Cabinet on the 26 February 2019.

 

Each local authority has a statutory duty to secure a sufficient number of places in each of their areas.