Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

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13.

Apologies for absence, declarations of interest and any other communications from members

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed all present at the meeting, noting in particular Louise Lawn and Councillor Malhotra who were attending their first SACRE meeting.   

 

John Leeson was present to represent the Humanists. Jon Fayle was in attendance as an observer.  Councillor Malhotra had given notice that he would be leaving this meeting early to attend a training event for elected representatives.

14.

Minutes of the meeting held on 18 June 2014 and matters arising pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 18 June 2014 were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

 

Matters Arising:

 

Minute 9 – 2014 NASACRE AGM Update:

Members renewed their request to be issued with a login for the NASACRE website.  Action: Clerk

 

Minute 11: Meeting dates for next year:

Members requested that meeting dates are circulated to all SACRE members up to two years in advance to assist diary planning (currently meetings are booked only one year in advance).    Action: Clerk

15.

Determinations pdf icon PDF 43 KB

The following schools are due to renew their determinations.  It is hoped that reports can be circulated to members for consideration at the meeting.

1.    Alexandra Primary School

2.    Cranford Primary School

3.    Hounslow Heath Infant and Nursery School

4.    Hounslow Heath Junior School

5.    Kingsley Academy

6.    Lampton Academy

7.    Norwood Green Infant and Nursery

8.    Norwood Green Junior

9.    Springwell Infant and Nursery School

10.Springwell Junior School

11.The Orchard Primary School

12.Wellington Primary School

13.Westbrook Primary School

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Applications were presented at the meeting by representatives from the following four schools: Springwell Infant and Nursery; Hounslow Heath Infant and Nursery; Hounslow Heath Junior School and The Orchard Primary School with the remaining applications taken on paper.

 

7.35pm – Councillor Malhotra left the meeting at this point to attend another meeting in the Civic Centre.

 

1.    Alexandra Primary School:

The SACRE considered that, whilst it was supportive of the school’s application, the timing of the school’s amalgamation into one primary school meant that it had not met the legal requirement of consulting with the newly constituted Governing Body.  Consequently the Hounslow SACRE agreed that the application should be refused and the school invited to resubmit its application to the meeting in February 2015 together with the additional evidence of the governors’ deliberations on the matter.

 

2.    Cranford Primary School

The SACRE considered that insufficient consultation had been carried out with the school’s parent body and therefore refused the application, inviting the school to resubmit with evidence of such consultation in February 2015.

 

3.    Hounslow Heath Infant and Nursery School

The SACRE considered that insufficient consultation had been carried out with the school’s parent body and therefore refused the application, inviting the school to resubmit with evidence of such consultation in February 2015.

 

4.    Hounslow Heath Junior School

The SACRE considered that insufficient consultation had been carried out with the school’s parent body and therefore refused the application, inviting the school to resubmit with evidence of such consultation in February 2015.

 

5.    Kingsley Academy

As the school had converted to academy status since its current determination had been awarded, the application process would be administered by the Department for Education (DfE).   Mindful of the fact that the duty of the SACRE was to advise the Local Education Authority on religious education, coupled with the fact that the Local Authority in turn had a duty to all young people in education across the borough, the SACRE requested that it be kept updated with the status of applications in respect of those schools that had converted to academy status. 

 

6.    Lampton Academy

As the school had converted to academy status since its current determination had been awarded, the application process would be administered by the DfE.  The SACRE requested that it be kept updated with the status of applications in respect of those schools that had converted to academy status. 

 

7.    Norwood Green Infant and Nursery

The SACRE considered that insufficient consultation had been carried out with the school’s parent body and therefore refused the application, inviting the school to resubmit with evidence of such consultation in February 2015.

 

8.    Norwood Green Junior

As the school had converted to academy status since its current determination had been awarded, the application process would be administered by the DfE.  The SACRE requested that it be kept updated with the status of applications in respect of those schools that had converted to academy status. 

 

9.    Springwell Infant and Nursery School  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.

16.

SACRE Membership Update

Minutes:

There were no membership updates to report. 

 

[Note for members: Following the November SACRE meeting the Clerk was contacted by the Roman Catholic Dean of Hounslow to confirm that the Mr Mike Kenton, Chair of Governors at Rosary School, Heston had been nominated to sit on SACRE as the Roman Catholic representative.]

17.

SACRE Annual Lecture

Minutes:

Lesley Prior noted that, although it had been hoped that this event could be held in September, the long party conference season had meant that it had proved difficult to co-ordinate the diaries of invited members of Parliament.  It was now hoped that the event could be held in the Spring 2015.

18.

Annual SACRE Report - Lesley Prior pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report circulated to members as a late agenda item and included with the electronic agenda pack, Agenda Item 6.

 

Lesley Prior led members through the draft report, drawing particular attention to the section on determinations.  Following the discussion on determinations earlier in this meeting it was suggested that an additional question should be included in the criteria for assessing determinations, which asked schools to release details of how many pupils had withdrawn from collective worship.  

 

Lesley noted that some further work was required to complete the document before it was ready to be signed off.  She thanked John Leeson for his work in transcribing Andrew Copson’s speech. 

 

The Chair suggested that the first sentence under Section 5.0 (Matters referred to SACRE) be amended as follows, “Hounslow SACRE has not received a complaint about either RE or Collective Worship.”

 

When asked whether academy schools were obligated to provide information on determinations to their local SACRE, Lesley confirmed that this was not the case.  Academies submitted their applications on determinations to the Department for Education (DfE).  However, as the remit of the SACRE included a duty of care to all young people wherever they were educated, it was in the interests of the SACRE to keep lines of communication open with academies to ensure that it was kept up to date.  It was anticipated that those schools with determinations that had converted to academy status would be sent a reminder of the renewal deadline by colleagues at the DfE.

 

Resolved:

That members’ support for the draft document be noted, subject to the above noted amendments.

19.

Date of Next Meeting - Wednesday 4 February 2015

Minutes:

The date of the next meeting was noted.

20.

Any Other Urgent Business

Minutes:

Basil Mann asked members note that the Holocaust Memorial Day event was being planned for 27 January 2015.  Once the arrangements were completed he could circulate confirmation of the date to members via the Clerk.