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Reason for this Report

 

1. To set out the objection received to the statutory notice to establish a new 2 Form Entry English-medium community primary school with a 48 full time equivalent place nursery, as a new build facility combined within the existing community centre in Pontprennau, from September 2015 along with the Council's response to the objection.

 

Background

 

2. At its meeting on 16 January 2014 Cardiff Council Cabinet in accordance with the terms of the School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act, approved a recommendation for the publication of a statutory notice to:

 

Establish a new 2 Form Entry English-medium community primary school with a 48 full time equivalent place nursery, as a new build facility combined with the existing community centre in Pontprennau, from September 2015.

 

3. The notice was published on the Council website, displayed at the site of the proposed school and in the local area on 03 February 2014. Additionally stakeholders identified in the Welsh Government School Organisation Code as needing to receive either a hard copy of the notice or be emailed a link to the Council website were notified of the publication of the notice.

 

Issues

 

4. An objection to the proposal has been made and has not been withdrawn in writing before the end of 28 days beginning with the end of the objection period.

 

Objection Received

 

5. The objection received was submitted by the Governing Body of Glyncoed Primary School. Prior to the publication of the statutory notice the Governing Body indicated that they were opposed to the proposal on the grounds that it would dramatically affect the Glyncoed catchment area and possibly have a detrimental affect on the school's budget position. The Chair of Governors subsequently confirmed that this was to be considered as an objection to the statutory notice.

 

Council's response to the objection

 

6. It is anticipated that the proposed establishment of a primary school in Pontprennau would have little or no affect on the number of pupils on roll at school in the local area.

 

7. Projections indicate that there would be no reduction in the number on roll at Glyncoed Primary School compared to the most recent verified data in January 2013.

 

8. There are plans for significant housing development north of the Glyncoed catchment area and the proposed catchment area for the proposed new schools would mean there is likely to be more children in the locality overall.

 

9. When a new school is established in an area, transitional funding can be considered to support existing schools in the locality.

 

Catchment Area Arrangements

 

10. A public consultation on establishing a catchment area for the proposed new school in Pontprennau, and revising catchment areas of Bryn Celyn Primary School and Glyncoed Primary School took place from 31st January - 28th February 2014.

 

11. No objections to the proposed catchment area were received.

 

12. Details of the consultation, responses to the consultation, an evaluation of the responses and a recommendation that the proposed catchment area arrangements are contained in a separate report that was considered at the Council Cabinet meeting on 10 April 2014.

 

Resource Implications

 

13. , The formula funding mechanism for schools is primarily determined by pupil numbers. Any reduction in pupil numbers of any neighbouring school will reduce the budget share for that individual school. Consideration needs to be given as to whether or not the SOP model should provide for an amount to support any school impacted by this proposal. In the event of providing no consideration, it is anticipated that a robust business plan is in place to ensure that there will be no impact.

 

Cabinet Decision

 

RESOLVED: that

 

a) the proposal as set in paragraph 2 of the report be approved without modification.

 

b) Officers be authorised to take the appropriate actions to implement the proposal as set out in paragraph 2 of the report.

 

c) Officers be authorised to publish a summary of the statutory objections and the Authority's response to those objections (referred to as the "Objection Report") within 7 days of the determination of the proposal.

 

d) Authority be delegated to the Director of Education and Lifelong Learning to consider revenue pump priming requirements and allocate funds from within the SOP model in consultation with the SOP Programme Board.

 

e) Delegate the approval of any necessary contracts to the Director of Education and Lifelong Learning in consultation with the Section 151 Officer, Director of Legal Services and the Cabinet Members for Finance and Education and Lifelong Learning.

 

View a copy of the Cabinet Report (414kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window from 14th April 2014.

 

View a copy of the Decision letter (90.5kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Nick Batchelar
Director for Education and Lifelong Learning
14 April 2014