Lead Member for People – Education submitted a report (HEd/05/19)
to provide Members with feedback on the recent consultation relating to the
proposal to increase pupil capacity at Barker’s Lane CP and to seek approval to
publish the relevant Statutory Notices and the Post Consultation Report.
Lead Member introduced the report and highlighted the main points contained
within it. The following points were
discussed during the debate:
that the consultation period would allow residents and other members of the
public the opportunity to make their views known.
from the Lead Member that any objections would carefully be considered and
options to mitigate concerns would be looked at where possible.
that if the application were to proceed, there would need to be a planning
application submitted, and this would be another opportunity for
residents/members of the public to raise concerns if they wished.
sought in relation to the after school club.
Officers advised that the provision of any such club is a matter for
schools to determine.
expressed by the local Member regarding traffic problems currently experienced
at the school and surrounding residential area.
that when considering future school expansions, that options for drop off
points within the boundary of the school be considered.
that there had not been any concerns expressed regarding the increase in pupil
capacity at the school.
(i) That Members note the consultation
feedback contained in report HEd/05/19 and the post
consultation document (as detailed in Appendix 2).
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
There is continued demand
for Town Centre places within Wrexham. Whilst we are meeting current demand within
the County further growth is projected.
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.
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.