People Cabinet Member – Minutes – 5 April 2013
Details of the proposed works were outlined within appendices 1 and 2 of the report.
Resolved – (a) That Option 1 as detailed within the report be approved.
66 (66) CONSULTATION ON THE PROPOSAL TO ALMALGAMATE BROUGHTON INFANT SCHOOL AND BROUGHTON JUNIOR SCHOOL – The Director of People submitted a report which sought approval to undertake a public consultation regarding a proposal to amalgamate Broughton Infant School and Broughton Junior School.
It was explained that on 1 September 2012 Broughton Infant School and Broughton Junior School formed a hard federation, which meant that that a single leadership team (including a single governing body) was appointed to oversee the effective running of both schools. Although the schools were federated, legally they remained separate entities and operated independently in respect of Ofsted outcomes, funding allocations and school admissions.
The Schools and Children’s Centre Capital Programme included a scheme to extend the junior school’s buildings so all the infant school pupils could be co-located on the same site together with the junior school pupils. It was proposed that the new-build extension would be fully completed by September 2014.
Despite being co-located, the schools would continue to be classed as separate infant and junior schools, unless the council formally sought to amalgamate the schools. Through informal discussion with the school it was agreed that formal amalgamation would be the next logical step and the proposed consultation would provide the opportunity to formally capture stakeholder views.
Resolved – That option 1 (as detailed within the report), to undertake public consultation regarding the proposal to amalgamate Broughton Infant School and Broughton Junior School with effect from 1 September 2014, be approved.
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