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Cabinet Decision: 12th November 2015
Title of Item/Report
School Organisation Plan 2015-2019
Record of the Decision
Consideration was given to a report on the School Organisation Plan 2015 to 2019.

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 2015 to 2019' 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 our 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 pressure in demand for additional primary and secondary school places be noted.

3. The ‘School Organisation Plan 2015 to 2019' 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
Councilor Nelson declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 9 - School Organisation Plan as he was a Governor at Frederick Natrass Primary School.

Councilor Cook declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 9 - School Organisation Plan as he was a Governor at Billingham South Community School and Norton Primary School.

Councilor Beall declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 9 - School Organisation Plan as he was a Governor at Rosebrook Primary School.

Councilor Mrs McCoy declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 9 - School Organisation Plan as she was a Governor at Ash Trees Primary School and High Clarence Primary School.

Councilor Mrs Wilburn declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 9 - School Organisation Plan as she was a Governor at Glebe Primary School.
Details of any Dispensations
N/A
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
Midnight on 20th November 2015
Attachment

Date of Publication: 16 November 2015


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