Issue - decisions

Education Estates Strategy

20/01/2020 - Education Estates Strategy



School Admission

1.    Agree to recommend to full Council that it determine the proposed Community schools’ Admission Arrangements for the 2021/22 academic year (at Appendix 1 of the report);


2.    Approve the continued adoption of the proposed Pan London scheme for co-ordination of admissions to Reception and Junior schools – at Appendix 1a of the report; and adoption of the proposed Pan London scheme for co-ordination of admissions to secondary schools – at Appendix 1b of the report.

School Place Planning

3.    Approve the Capital Programme Budget summary (at appendix 2 of the report).


Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

4.    Delegate decision-making to the Lead Member, Children, Young People and Learning, and the Executive Director of Children, Families and Education in relation to proposals to change in the age range of St Giles School to include a nursery provision and to provide a coherent pathway for children with PMLD and physical, sensory medical needs through the provision of St Giles School expertise across the pre-school and school age range.


5.    Note the funding previously approved by Cabinet for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Enhanced Learning Provision places from the 2019/20 programme has been deployed to improve facilities at Meridian (£100K) and £50K for Castle Hill to increase places and provide suitable facilities.


6.    Approve the proposal to undertake quality assurance and feasibility studies of special schools Red Gates; St Giles and Priory Schools to enable options to be set out which address current issues of suitability, safeguarding risks and the capacity of these education facilities to meet the special educational needs of children and young people.


Mainstream / Community schools

7.    Note that there are no proposed changes to the 3 year (2019/20 to 2021/22)                School Place Supply Strategy agreed at Cabinet on 19th September 2019.


Early Years

8.    Note the 2019 Childcare Sufficiency Assessment report – at Appendix 3 of the report.


Alternative Provision / Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)

9.    Note the update on Alternative Provision / PRU.


School Maintenance and Compliance

10.Approve the proposed Schools’ Maintenance Plan (Appendix 4) for 2020/21, and funding of £2m plus an additional £882,000 for 2020/21. This proposed additional £882,000 is to be slippage from the current budget to assist with the additional maintenance work required to be undertaken due to the ageing of the educational estate; and


11.Delegate authority to the Executive Director, Children, Families and Education to vary the proposed Schools’ Maintenance 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.