Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Children & Young People Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday, 19th December, 2007
Time:
04.00 pm
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton on Tees
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr David Harrington (Chairman), Cllr Mrs Ann Cains, Cllr David Coleman, Cllr Mick Eddy, Cllr Miss Barbara Inman, Cllr Andrew Sherris.
Officers:
G Birtle, F Shayler (LD); J Hegarty, S Willson (CESC).
In Attendance:
Steve Turner (JSU). Mr R G Lupton (Non Voting co-opted Representative).
Apologies for absence:
were submitted on behalf of Cllrs Broughton, Frankland, Lewis; Mr G Davies.
Item Description Decision
Public
CYP
30/07
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
CYP
31/07
DRAFT MINUTES - 14TH NOVEMBER 2007
The minutes of the meeting held on 14th November, 2007 were agreed as a correct record.
CYP
32/07
REVIEW OF SCHOOL ORGANISATION PLAN
CONCLUDED that the information provided be noted.
CYP
33/07
ANNUAL PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT
CONCLUDED that the information provided be noted.
CYP
34/07
WORK PROGRAMME
CONCLUDED that the work programme be noted.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CYP
30/07
Councillor Cains declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in relation to Agenda Item No. 4 Review of School Organisation Plan further to being a Temporary Governor of the new Community Primary School in Roseworth.

Councillor Sherris declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in relation to Agenda Item No. 4 Review of School Organisation Plan further to being a School Governor.

Councillor Coleman declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in relation to Agenda Item No. 4 Review of School Organisation Plan further to being a School Governor.

Mr R G Lupton declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in relation to Agenda Item No. 4 Review of School Organisation Plan further to being a School Governor and a Teacher at Northfield School.

CYP
32/07
Members were provided with a report on the School Organisation Plan 2007-2012. The School Organisation Plan provided information about the schools maintained by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. It set out the number of places available in schools in each part of the borough, the number of pupils in them, and forecasts for pupil numbers for the next five years. It described changes that had been made over the past year, and it suggested where other changes may be necessary in the future. The Plan also included the Council's policies on school organisation, and new procedures introduced by government for making changes such as opening, closing or enlarging schools.

John Hegarty, Planning and Policy Development Officer, Children and Young People and Steve Turner, Joint Strategy Unit (JSU), were in attendance to provide information to Members.

Figures were shown indicating the total capacity of both primary and secondary schools in January 2006 and 2007. Pupil numbers were based on projections for 2008 to 2012 as supplied by the JSU.

Primary School pupil numbers had been in decline for several years, but an increase in births during the last three years points to a likely increase in primary numbers by 2010. The decline in primary school pupil numbers over the past seven years was beginning to affect secondary schools. During the first 5 years of this Plan, pupil numbers in Secondary Schools were forecast to fall below 11,000. The lowest point would be in 2016 at 10,409, in the long term the figures were expected to return to around 11,000.

Information was also provided on Post 16 places and further statistics for Primary and Secondary Schools broken down into areas such as Billingham including The Clarences, Wolviston and Wynyard; Stockton North; Stockton Central; Eaglescliffe, Long Newton, Yarm and Kirklevington; Thornaby and Ingleby Barwick. Information was then also provided on individual Schools indicating pupils on rolls as at the census in January 2007, indicating any surplus or overcrowding at each school.

Detail on action taken since the publication and during the life of the plan was provided.
CYP
33/07
Members were provided with a copy of a letter summarising the findings of the 2007 annual performance assessment for Children and Young People in Stockton on Tees Borough Council. The judgements in the letter were taken from information provided from the review of the Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP) where it was available, the evidence and briefings provided by Ofsted, other inspectorates and relevant bodies, and a range of performance data. A children's services grade was provided according to performance for the purpose of section 138 of the Education Inspections Act 2006.

Members wished to thank the Corporate Director, her Senior Management Team and Simon Willson, who was in attendance to provide details on the assessment, for their hard work and commitment.

Members would refer to this document for any future issues that may be appropriate to be included within their Work Programme.
CYP
34/07
Members discussed their future work programme for the review of the School Organisation Plan.

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