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Approval to establish a new special school and identify a suitable academy trust to operate the new 60 place special school for children aged 4-11 years with Moderate and Additional Learning Difficulties

17/05/2022 - Approval to establish a new special school and identify a suitable academy trust to operate the new 60 place special school for children aged 4-11 years with Moderate and Additional Learning Difficulties

In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itselfand also the relevant Equality Impact Assessment, which was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

 

Having fully considered all the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision to:

 

1. Approve the establishment of a new 60 place special school for children aged 4- 11 years with Moderate and Additional Learning Difficulties, to open in September 2023, and delegate authority to the Executive Director of Children’s Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills to:

 

(i) Conduct a free school presumption competition process in accordance with Section 6A of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 and the Department for Education’s “The free school presumption” Departmental advice for local authorities and new school proposers in order to identify a suitable Academy Trust to sponsor such school.

(ii) Recommend to the Secretary of State for Education,following the conclusion of such a competition process, the Council’s findings from its assessment of such prospective sponsors in order to enable him/her to decide upon the most suitable Academy Trust proposer to take the new school forward.

 

2. Delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Asset Management and Property Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills, to conduct a competitive procurement process in accordance with rules of a public sector designed and managed framework agreement and using the approved GCC major works procurement framework for the purpose of awarding a contract for capital improvement works, estimated to be in the region of £0.65m, required at the former Severn View Primary Academy site.

 

For the reasons set out in the report.