Agenda and decisions

Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning Decisions
Tuesday, 17 July 2018 10.00 am

Venue: G44 - County Hall. View directions

Contact: Emma O'Donnell 

Items
No. Item

1.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

    All Members present are required to declare, at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter

          i.        Any disclosable pecuniary interests and / or

         ii.        Other interests arising under the Code of Conduct in respect of any item(s) of business being considered at this meeting

     

    NOTES:

    ·         Members are reminded that they must not participate in any item where they have a disclosable pecuniary interest

    ·         As well as an interest of the Member, this includes any interest, of which the Member is aware, that relates to the Member’s spouse or civil partner (or any person with whom the Member is living as a spouse or civil partner)

    ·         Members with a significant personal interest may participate in the discussion and vote on that matter unless that interest could be reasonably regarded as prejudicial.

2.

PROCEDURAL MATTERS

2a

Members' Questions

2b

Public Questions

2c

Petitions

3.

APPROVAL OF MAINTAINED SCHOOLS' DEFICITS pdf icon PDF 171 KB

    This report provides summary details of total balances at Surrey maintained schools and seeks Cabinet Member approval where schools are projecting deficits in excess of 5% of their budget share. Two schools require this approval in 2018/19.

    Decision:

    It was agreed that:

     

    1.         the level of balances held by Surrey maintained schools is noted

    2.         licensed deficits be approved for two schools, Chart Wood School and Spelthorne Primary School as set out in paragraphs 12-17 of the report.

     

4.

CHANGING THE AGE RANGE AND INCREASING PUPIL NUMBERS AT THE SPECIALIST CENTRE AT ASHFORD PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL pdf icon PDF 156 KB

    Ashford Park Primary School is a two form entry primary school in the Spelthorne area of Surrey with a ‘good’ Ofsted rating.  It currently operates a Learning and Additional Needs (LAN) centre for junior age (key stage 2) pupils only.

     

    Officers are proposing to extend the age range of the specialist centre for pupils with LAN in order to align the SEND offer with the school age range.  This means that the school would be able to accommodate pupils from Reception year who could stay through until year 6, if their needs are still able to be met by the school.  It is proposed that numbers in the centre increase from 16 to 25.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    It was agreed that the change in age range and increase in pupil numbers at Ashford Park Primary School’s specialist LAN centre be approved, taking into account the outcome of the informal and statutory consultation period.

     

5.

CHANGING THE AGE RANGE AND INCREASING PUPIL NUMBERS AT THE SPECIALIST CENTRE AT THE HYTHE PRIMARY SCHOOL pdf icon PDF 149 KB

    The Hythe Primary School is a two form entry primary school in the Runnymede area of Surrey.  It has a ‘good’ Ofsted rating and it currently operates a Learning and Additional Needs (LAN) centre for junior age (key stage 2) pupils only.

     

    Officers are proposing to extend the age range of the specialist centre for pupils with LAN in order to align the SEND offer with the school age range.  This means that the school would be able to accommodate pupils from Reception year who could stay through until year 6, if their needs are still able to be met by the school.

    It is proposed that numbers in the centre increase from 12 to 25.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    It was agreed that the change in age range and increase in pupil numbers at The Hythe Primary School’s specialist LAN centre be approved, taking into account the outcome of the informal and statutory consultation period.

     

6.

CHANGING THE AGE RANGE AND INCREASING PUPIL NUMBERS AT THE SPECIALIST CENTRE AT WEST EWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL pdf icon PDF 155 KB

    During the summer of 2015 Surrey County Council undertook a consultation to consider changes to primary schools in the Ewell area of Surrey.  It was proposed that West Ewell Infant School would become a 2 form entry primary school from September 2018.  West Ewell has an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating.  The proposal was approved by the Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement in July 2015 and the first cohort of Year 3 pupils will be at the school from September 2018.

     

    Surrey County Council issued the statutory notice and as a result of the consultations would be recommending that the change is approved.  However, West Ewell Primary School has converted to an academy and as a result the decision making for this proposal now sits with the Regional Schools Commissioner at the Department for Education. Officers will work in partnership with the school to complete this process. 

     

7.

CHANGING THE AGE RANGE AND INCREASING PUPIL NUMBERS AT THE SPECIALIST CENTRE AT WILLIAM COBBETT PRIMARY SCHOOL pdf icon PDF 150 KB

    During the summer of 2015 Surrey County Council undertook a consultation to consider changes to primary schools in the Waverley area of Surrey.  It was proposed that William Cobbett Junior School would amalgamate with Weybourne Infant become a primary school from 1 September 2015.  The proposal was approved by the Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement in July 2015 and the first cohort of Year R pupils entered at the school from September 2015

     

    Officers are proposing to extend the age range of the specialist centre for pupils with Communication and Interaction Needs (COIN) in order to align the SEND offer with the school age range.  This means that the school would be able to accommodate pupils from Reception year who could stay through until year 6, if their needs are still able to be met by the school.  It is proposed that numbers in the centre increase from 20 to 30.

     

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    It was agreed that the change in age range and increase in pupil numbers at William Cobbett Primary School’s specialist COIN centre be approved, taking into account the outcome of the informal and statutory consultation period.

     

8.

CHANGING THE AGE RANGE AND INCREASING PUPIL NUMBERS AT WEY HOUSE SCHOOL pdf icon PDF 151 KB

    Wey House is the only primary special school for social emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) in the Surrey area, currently catering for key stage 2 pupils only.  It provides for boys who are unable to manage the school environment successfully without a high level of targeted intervention and support.

     

    The school is located in Bramley which is based in the south west quadrant of Surrey and it caters for approximately 9 pupils per year and it has a ‘good’ Ofsted rating.  The school is usually oversubscribed and there are a significant number of requests for SEMH provision for key stage 1 pupils.

     

    When Wey House School has no places available the alternative option is to place children in the non-maintained and independent (NMI) sector at an average of £48,327 per annum for each pupil placed.

     

    Officers are proposing to extend the age range of Wey House School to incorporate some key stage 1 places and expand pupil numbers in all year groups from the current total of 36 planned places in key stage 2 only to 55 across the primary age range. 

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    It was agreed that the change in age range and increase in pupil numbers at Wey House School be approved, taking into account the outcome of the informal and statutory consultation period.

     

9.

AMALGAMATION OF MANOR MEAD AND WALTON LEIGH SCHOOLS AND INCREASE IN PUPIL NUMBERS TO 160 pdf icon PDF 152 KB

    Surrey County Council (SCC) has consulted on a proposal to amalgamate Manor Mead School and Walton Leigh Schools from 1 January 2019 so that the north east area has one single school for pupils with severe learning development and disability needs (SLDD).

     

    The consultation period was from 23 May 2018 to 27 June 2018 and there were two public meetings held during this time.

     

    The Cabinet Member is asked to review the proposal and comments received during the consultation and to determine if it is appropriate to proceed and issue a statutory notice to amalgamate the schools.

    Decision:

    It was agreed that a Statutory Notice is issued in the new academic year stating the Local Authority’s intention to amalgamate the two schools, such that there will be one school for pupils with SLDD in the north east area from 1 January 2019.  The newly amalgamated school will be further extended by 8 additional places to become a 160 planned place school.