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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

That the Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills:

1. approves 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 delegates 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 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 forward the new school.

2. delegates 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 procurement process in accordance with rules of a public sector designed and managed framework agreement known as the “GCC procurement framework” for the purpose of awarding a contract for capital improvement works required at former Severn View Primary Academy site

The opportunity to utilise the former Severn View Primary Academy site to meet the increasing demand for special school places has arisen earlier than had been expected, now it is confirmed that temporary accommodation is not required for Brook Academy. The purpose of seeking to include all these elements of approval into one Individual Cabinet Member decision is to allow officers to progress the matter sooner than would otherwise be the case if taken to a Cabinet meeting later in the year. Individual Cabinet Member approval at this earlier stage provides the opportunity for a Trust to be appointed as early as September 2022 and for pre-opening activities to start in good time for a September 2023 opening.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000 and 2 Divisions affected;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/04/2022

Representations made

Any representations should be sent to:

Officer:  Clare Medland, Head of Commissioning for Learning

Tel:        01452 328686

Email:    universalcommissioning@gloucestershire.gov.uk

 

By 5pm on 16 May 2022

 

Decision due: Between 17 May 2022 and 20 May 2022 by Cabinet Member - Education, Skills and Bus Transport

Lead member: Cabinet Member - Education, Skills and Bus Transport

Lead director: Commissioning Director: Children & Families

Contact: Clare Medland Email: clare.medland@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

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