Issue - meetings

Secondary School Places 2021 and 2022

Meeting: 12/11/2020 - Middleton Township Committee (Item 22)

22 Secondary School Places 2021 and 2022 pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Report of Director of Children’s Services regarding the provision of secondary school places in the Borough in 2021 and 2022 – for information.

Minutes:

 

Consideration was given to a report of the Director of Children’s Services setting out proposals for the expansion of secondary school places to meet expected demand in 2021 and 2022.

 

Resolved

 

That the report be noted.


Meeting: 10/11/2020 - Rochdale North Township Committee (Item 22)

22 Secondary School Places 2021 and 2022 pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Report of Director of Children’s Services regarding the provision of secondary school places in the Borough in 2021 and 2022 – for information.

Minutes:

The Committee received a report of the Director of Children’s Services regarding the provision of secondary school places in the Borough in 2021 and 2022. Rochdale Council it was reported is awaiting delivery of two new mainstream Secondary schools that were being delivered by the Department for Education (DfE), through the Free School Programme. The DfE would not guarantee when the schools will open until planning consent for the schools is guaranteed and until a date for practical completion is set. Until the dates are determined the Council must work to meet its statutory obligation to offer every child living in the borough a place in Secondary school.

 

The Council’s School’s Organisation and Development Team are working closely with the DfE to deliver the new schools as soon as possible but must also plan for the scenario where any new school places are delayed.

 

The Committee was advised that this report was presented to the Cabinet, at its meeting held 29th September 2020, where the recommendations contained therein, were approved.

 

Resolved:

That the report be noted.


Meeting: 09/11/2020 - Heywood Township Committee (Item 13)

13 Secondary School Places 2021 and 2022 pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Report of Director of Children’s Services regarding the provision of secondary school places in the Borough in 2021 and 2022 – for information.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Director of Children’s Services setting out proposals for the expansion of secondary school places to meet expected demand in 2021 and 2022.

 

Resolved

That the report be noted.


Meeting: 04/11/2020 - Rochdale South Township Committee (Item 48)

48 Secondary School Places 2021 and 2022 pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Report of Director of Children’s Services regarding the provision of secondary school places in the Borough in 2021 and 2022 – for information.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Director of Children’s Services setting out proposals for the expansion of primary school places to meet expected demand in between 2021-24.

 

Resolved

 

1.    That the report be noted.


Meeting: 29/09/2020 - Cabinet (Item 48)

48 Secondary School Places 2021 and 2022 pdf icon PDF 175 KB

To consider the attached report of Director of Children’s Services regarding the provision of secondary school places in the Borough in 2021 and 2022

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Children’s Services which provided details about the need for Secondary School Places 2021 and 2022.

 

Alternatives considered:

 

The council must meet its statutory duty to offer all borough pupils a place in Secondary schools and the report details the preferred option of the early opening of the Edgar Wood Academy and the backup plan for additional capacity.

 

Resolved:

 

1.    That the release of funds from Basic Need capital funding to deliver additional places at Wardle Academy for 2021 and 2022 as detailed in appendix 1. of the report be approved;

2.    That it be noted that the delivery of much needed Secondary schools through the central government Free School programme leaves the council dependent on timings and decisions by central government with regards to the delivery of those schools, and consequently puts at risk delivery of its statutory duty to offer a school place to every child living in the borough;

3.    That the release of funds from Basic Need capital funding to meet the need to deliver 120 additional places for September 2021 in existing borough Secondary schools, as detailed in appendix 1. Of the report be approved;

4.    That the release of funds from Basic Need capital funding to support the delivery of the new Edgar Wood academy be approved, if the DfE deem that the early opening in temporary accommodation is deliverable for 2021.

 

Reasons for the Decision:

 

The council has a statutory duty to offer every pupil living in the borough, who applies, a Secondary school place. Where the council offers a school place that is over the statutory “safe walking distance” for the age of that child the council is required to provide free school transport. Because bus transport in the area is provided through Transport for Greater Manchester, any child offered a school place, which is over the statutory distance criteria, is offered a free bus pass that is provided from council funds. The council receives no central government funding for school bus transport.

 

The council does receive Basic Need funding to provide additional school places for both permanent and temporary school building expansions and bulge classes. The allocation of Basic Need funding from central government is reported annually to the council Cabinet and the report this year was approved on 31st March 2020.

 

A shortage of Secondary school places is forecast for 2021 and 2022 intakes, and for school intakes in every following year until the time that the two new mainstream school are delivered.


Meeting: 21/09/2020 - Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Item 35)

35 Secondary School Places 2021 and 2022 pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Report of Director of Children’s Services regarding the provision of secondary school places in the Borough in 2021 and 2022.

Minutes:

The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Children’s Services which provided details about the need for Secondary School Places 2021 and 2022.

 

The Committee was advised that the Council has a statutory duty to offer every pupil living in the borough, who applies, a Secondary school place. Where the council offers a school place that is over the statutory “safe walking distance” for the age of that child the council is required to provide free school transport. Because bus transport in the area is provided through Transport for Greater Manchester, any child offered a school place, which is over the statutory distance criteria, is offered a free bus pass that is provided from council funds. The council receives no central government funding for school bus transport.

 

The council does receive Basic Need funding to provide additional school places for both permanent and temporary school building expansions and bulge classes. The allocation of Basic Need funding from central government is reported annually to the council Cabinet and the report this year was approved on 31st March 2020.

 

A shortage of Secondary school places was forecasted for the 2021 and 2022 intakes, and for school intakes in every following year until the time that two new mainstream school are delivered for the Borough.

 

The Committee was advised that this report was being submitted to the Cabinet, at is meeting to be held on 29th September 2020, for determination.

 

Resolved:

The Committee supports the proposals detailed in Section 2 of the submitted report and recommends their adoption by the Cabinet when that body considers this report on 29th September 2020.