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Children & Families Capital Programme Update

Meeting: 10/11/2021 - Cabinet (Item 11)

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Decision:

Cllr Philip Robinson, Cabinet Member for  Economy, Education and Skills sought Cabinet approval of the changes to the previously approved Children & Families Capital Programme.

 

RESOLVED to:

 

 

Approve the changes to the Children & Families Capital Programme as set out in the report:

 

1. A new scheme totalling £1.6million to provide a primary SEMH facility at the Heart of the Forest Community Special School, funded by the transfer of £409k from the Healthy Pupils Capital fund and £1.191million from the unallocated High Needs Provision fund. (subject to the conclusion of the statutory process approving the expansion of the Heart of the Forest Community Special School to provide 10 additional places for children and young people aged 4-11 who have a primary need of Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) from September 2022)

 

2. An addition of £1million for Warden Hill Primary funded by £800k from unallocated basic need and £200k from the approved carbon reduction in education properties funding.

 

3. An addition of £77k S106 developer contribution for expansion works at Chipping Campden School.

 

4. An addition of £115k S106 developer contribution for expansion works at Farmors School.

 

 

Minutes:

Cllr Philip Robinson, Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills sought Cabinet approval of changes to the previously approved Children & Families Capital Programme.

 

The County Council approved the 2021/22 Children & Families Capital programme at its meeting on 12th February 2021. The schemes represented the ongoing commitment to improving buildings and expanding facilities at schools across Gloucestershire to ensure all children and young people benefit from high quality, education provision.

The Council was committed to ensuring the right provision and facilities are available for all children and young people including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.  The delivery of a purpose built, fit for purpose provision at the Heart of the Forest Community Special School, to support primary aged pupils with Social Emotional and Mental Health needs would enable Gloucestershire County Council to continue to improve the capacity and quality of support available, closer to where they live.

The additional funding for the scheme for Warden Hill Primary School would enable the Council to ensure that the new provision would deliver modern, up to date, sustainable and efficient accommodation and provide fit for purpose high quality facilities for years to come.

 

One member asked about the increase in costs in relation to the Warden Hill scheme. In response it was stated that the costs of the demolition of old building and carbon neutral build as well as upgraded services had needed to be taken into account.

 

There had been some Section 106 Developer Contributions received from housing developments which would be used towards specific projects to ensure the local schools were able to meet the demand from local housing schemes. 

 

Having considered all of the information. Cabinet noted the report and

 

RESOLVED to:

 

 

Approve the changes to the Children & Families Capital Programme as set out in the report:

 

1. A new scheme totalling £1.6million to provide a primary SEMH facility at the Heart of the Forest Community Special School, funded by the transfer of £409k from the Healthy Pupils Capital fund and £1.191million from the unallocated High Needs Provision fund. (subject to the conclusion of the statutory process approving the expansion of the Heart of the Forest Community Special School to provide 10 additional places for children and young people aged 4-11 who have a primary need of Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) from September 2022)

 

2. An addition of £1million for Warden Hill Primary funded by £800k from unallocated basic need and £200k from the approved carbon reduction in education properties funding.

 

3. An addition of £77k S106 developer contribution for expansion works at Chipping Campden School.

 

4. An addition of £115k S106 developer contribution for expansion works at Farmors School.