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Agenda Item No.

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

CABINET: 4TH FEBRUARY, 2013

 

REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 21ST JANUARY, 2013

 

 

“           REPORT OF THE SCHOOL PLACES REVIEW TASK AND FINISH GROUP (EXEMPT INFORMATION – PARAGRAPH 15) (CHAIRMAN) –

 

The School Places Review Group Part II report detailed the assessment of school organisational issues facing education services in the Vale of Glamorgan between 2012 and 2017 and provided a range of proposals to meet those demands.  The report included an executive summary of proposals, a more detailed analysis of each proposal and full information relating to pupil data, including for all schools on a cluster by cluster basis, an overview of physical aspects and the Estyn report “How Do Surplus Places Affect the Resources Available for Expenditure on Improving Outcomes for Pupils.” 

 

During consideration of the Part II report discussion included consideration of various issues including school performance, parental preference, transportation issues, the fabric of buildings, community involvement and Council spend to date on matters such as refurbishments.  It was noted that any savings would be reinvested into school provision.

 

Reference was then made to implications (e.g. housing) as a result of the LDP process with the Head of Service advising that the Council had to meet the 10% reduction of surplus places required by 2016 and that it was the Minister’s view that it was not appropriate to wait for developments that could take some time to come to fruition, if at all. 

 

The need to ensure that widespread consultation of any proposals was undertaken was acknowledged.  The Head of Service advised that the Department was aware of the sensitivities of the issue and that meetings had been, and would continue to be, held with relevant key stakeholders and that the matter would be brought into the public domain within the next few months.

 

Members of the Review Group stated that the review had not only included consideration of detailed information but that they had also undertaken site visits to schools.

 

The Chairman, in summing up, stated that the review had been long overdue and that other Councils had also faced similar issues.  He also took the opportunity to thank the Members of the Group for their time and the officers for pulling together the information as required.

 

Having considered the report, following a vote, it was subsequently

 

RECOMMENDED – T H A T the School Places Review Task and Finish Group Report and its recommendations be approved and referred to Cabinet for consideration.

 

Reason for recommendation

 

To support the findings of the School Places Review Task and Finish Group and refer same to Cabinet for consideration and / or approval.

 

 

(NB.  During consideration of this item Councillors G Cox, H.J.W. James and A. Parker were granted permission to speak by the Committee)."

 

Attached as Part I Appendix - Report to and Extract rom Minutes of Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning): 21st January 2013

 

- Report to Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning): 21st January 2013 available on the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s website.