Proposal to consult on the increase in pupil capacity at Barker’s Lane CP – consultation feedback
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is subject to call in?: No
(i) That Members note the consultation feedback contained in report HEd/05/19 and the post consultation document (as detailed in Appendix 2).
(ii) That Officers be authorised to proceed to Statutory Notices (as detailed in Appendix 1) regarding the proposal to increase pupil capacity at Barker’s Lane CP.
To create an extension to the current building to accommodate a further 105 pupils (15 pupils per year group). The first year of increase would be September 2020 for Nursery (15 places) and Reception (15 places) classes only.
The annual admission number will increase by 15 places (from 30 to 45) for nursery and reception places from 2020 onwards and these classes will feed through the school until the maximum capacity of 315 (plus 45 nursery places) has been reached.
(iii) That these matters be dealt with as an urgent item of business in accordance with Standing Order 43 (1) of the Council’s Standing Orders.
Reasons for decisions
(i) There is continued demand for Town Centre places within Wrexham. Whilst we are meeting current demand within the County further growth is projected.
(ii) For the current admission round 2018 – 2019 the Education Department as the Admitting Authority was unable to meet the local demand within the Town Centre, refusing pupils for whom Barker’s Lane CP was their preferred school.
(iii) In order to meet Welsh Government aspirations to further reduce primary school class sizes, there is a requirement to physically provide more places, particularly in the Town Centre.
(iii) An opportunity has arisen where we can meet the additional demand through utilising Welsh Government funding outside of the 21st Century Schools Programme. This project would be 100% funded by Welsh Government.
(v) We would like to conduct the full 28 day statutory objection period before the commencement of the Easter holiday period. To enable this, we would be required to publish Statutory Notices on or before 15 March 2019, which would conclude by 12 April 2019.
Publication date: 13/03/2019
Date of decision: 12/03/2019
Decided at meeting: 12/03/2019 - Executive Board