Decision details

Education Estates Strategy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Leader of the Council delegated to the Cabinet the power to make the decisions set out below.




School Place Planning

1.    Note the review of mainstream school pupil projections undertaken and submitted to the Department for Education (DfE) in July 2018 – available places vs SCAP18 forecasts – at Appendix 1 of the report;


2.    Early Years Provision

Note publication of the 2018 Childcare Sufficiency Assessment report – at Appendix 2 of the report;


3.    Alternative Provision / Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)

3.1Note the intention that the Cabinet Member for Finance and Treasury in consultation with the Leader will approve the lease of land from John Ruskin College and to delegate authority to the Executive Director, Children, Families and Education to agree terms and sign the lease;


3.2Note the entering in of a licence for refurbishment of the existing Cotelands PRU building at John Ruskin College;


Special Educational Needs and Disability

4.    Agree the proposed Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) School Place Supply Strategy (at paragraph 3.44, Table 1 of the report) for the next 3 academic years – 2019/20 to 2021/22;


5.    Consider the responses to statutory consultation and approve the proposed extension of the age range from 4 – 11 to 2 - 11 for Red Gates School from September 2019 – at Appendix 3 of the report;


6.    Note that the ESFA commissioned Croydon to lead on the delivery of the new special free school - Addington Valley Academy (Timebridge site) which will be fully funded by the ESFA at a budget of £13.510m (paragraphs 3.29-3.31 of the report);


7.    Note update on the partnership with Croydon Further Education (FE) college to establish new local post 16 places in an SEN Centre of Excellence (paragraphs 3.32-3.33 of the report);


8.    Note the continued planned expansion of secondary autism Enhanced Learning provision at Oasis Arena. (paragraph 3.34 of the report);


           School Admissions

9.    Agree to recommend to full Council  the proposed changes to the admission arrangements for the 2020/21 academic year – Appendix 4 of the report (Consultation outcomes report)

·         Acceptance of first preference offers as part of the coordinated admission arrangements

·         Pan-London primary and secondary coordinated admissions schemes and post offer process (main rounds of admissions)

·         The processing of overseas applications for admission to school within the normal admissions rounds (excluding Crown servants)


10.Agree to recommend to full Council that it determine the proposed Community schools Admission Arrangements for the 2020/21 academic year (Appendix 4a of the report),

·         adoption of the proposed Pan London scheme for co-ordination of admissions to Reception and Junior schools – at Appendix 4b of the report; and

·         adoption of the proposed Pan London scheme for co-ordination of admissions to secondary schools – at Appendix 4c of the report;


           Capital Programme

11.Approve the Capital Programme as set out in Appendix 5a of the report;


          School Maintenance and Compliance

12.Note the detailed proposed Schools’ Maintenance Plan for 2019/20 of £2m as set out in Appendix 5 of the report and delegate authority to the Executive Director, Children, Families and Education to vary the plan to reflect actual prices and new urgent issues that may arise, including authorising spend against the allowance for emergency and reactive works. The Executive Director, Children, Families and Education shall report back to members in respect of any exercise of such authority; and


13.Note progress made on fire safety works in Croydon community schools (paragraphs 5.17 – 5.21 of the report).


Report author: David Butler

Publication date: 29/01/2019

Date of decision: 21/01/2019

Decided at meeting: 21/01/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 30/01/2019

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