Considerations was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services / Director of Children’s Services setting out the requirements for Primary School places 2022 -2025.
The council has a statutory duty to provide education and school places to all school aged children living in the borough and consequently has a duty to plan adequately for predicted pupil numbers.
Under the Education Act 1996, section 14(1) the Local Authority has a duty to secure sufficient school places and is also the strategic commissioner for new school places in its area.
As such consideration was given to alternative site provision and expected requirements across the Borough.
1. That the opening of consultations for the provision of two new schools to be provided via the Free School Presumption route for Heywood South and Rochdale South be approved.
2. That the bulge class at Hollin Primary School in Middleton for 2022 and 2023 school intakes as required be approved.
3. That consultation with Middleton stakeholders to seek further temporary capacity for 2023/24 with the expectation of expansion of the Primary school estate through the Prescribed Alterations procedure be approved.
4. That it be noted falling birth rates nationally and in some areas within the borough) may require removal of some Primary school capacity. Any consultation or decisions on this will be put before Cabinet for approval at a later date.
Reason for recommendation
The Council is obliged to offer a Primary School place to eligible children within the Borough.