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Cabinet Decision: 27th November 2013
Title of Item/Report
SCHOOL ORGANISATION PLAN 2013
Record of the Decision
Consideration was given to a report on the School Organisation 2013.

Although the statutory requirement to publish an annual School Organisation Plan was abolished in 2004, the Council had continued to publish an updated plan to inform schools, parents and the general public. The Plan gave information about the number, types and sizes of schools maintained by the Council, Academies and Free Schools. It recorded the number of places available in those schools and it included forecasts of pupil numbers over the next five years. This information was an important resource to support the Council in carrying out its statutory duty to ensure a sufficient supply of school places to meet the needs of children and young people in the borough.

When taken together with documents relating to the condition of school buildings and their suitability for purpose, the information in this plan may help to inform decisions about capital investment in existing or new school buildings.

The ‘School Organisation Plan 2013’ described three specific issues to be confronted over the next five years:-

• rising numbers of four-year-olds starting school
• the beginning of the end of falling numbers in secondary schools
• uncertainty over the impact of Academies and possible Free Schools.

The draft plan was attached to the report.

RESOLVED that:-

1. The information in the attached draft plan be noted.

2. The ‘School Organisation Plan’ be produced every two years following the publication of the 2013 plan.

3. The ‘School Organisation Plan 2013’ be published on the Council website and made available to partner organisations.
Reasons for the Decision
The Council as Local Education Authority is under a statutory duty to ensure a sufficient supply of primary and secondary school places to meet the needs of children and young people resident in the borough. The School Organisation Plan brings together relevant information about the number, types and sizes of schools in the borough, the number of pupils on roll and projections of future pupil numbers. The projections can point out trends that may lead to a need to increase or reduce the pupil capacity of schools in particular areas of the borough.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
None
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
None
Details of any Dispensations
N/A
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
Midnight on Thursday, 5th December 2013
Attachment

Date of Publication: 29 November 2013


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