Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education, Skills and the University
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Cabinet Member approved the expansion of Heltwate Special school to 206 places in permanent accommodation having regard to the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) ‘Maintained Schools Prescribed Alterations Guidance’ (October 2018) and taking into consideration the views/comments submitted during the statutory four-week representation period which concluded on 14 June 2021, including support for, objections to, and comments on the proposal.
The rationale for this proposed change is as follows:
- Mobile classroom accommodation should only be provided as a temporary measure to increase available school places for a limited time.
- The number of school places currently available (206) will remain the same irrespective of the change from temporary to permanent accommodation.
- Planning permission for the permanent accommodation has already been granted.
- The permanent building will improve the current facilities available and the new site area will increase outdoor space for learners.
The complete rebuilding of the school on a new site in Newark Road was considered but was not possible because of financial constraints.
Publication date: 10/08/2021
Date of decision: 10/08/2021
Effective from: 14/08/2021