Hounslow Council


Agenda, decisions and minutes

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64.

Appointment of the Chair

Decision:

Resolved –

Kevin Prunty was elected Chair of the School Admissions Forum.

Minutes:

Resolved –

Kevin Prunty was elected Chair of the School Admissions Forum.

65.

Appointment of the Vice-Chair

Decision:

Resolved –

Euan Ferguson was elected Vice-Chair of the School Admission Forum.

Minutes:

Resolved –

Euan Ferguson was elected Vice-Chair of the School Admission Forum.

66.

Apologies for Absence, Declarations of interest and any other communications from Members

Decision:

Apologies were received from Jacqui Corley, Kathryn Harper-Quinn, Marais Leenders, Debra Kane and Anjali Sakhardande. Kelda Stevenson attended as substitute for Marais Leenders.

 

 

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Jacqui Corley, Kathryn Harper-Quinn, Marais Leenders, Debra Kane and Anjali Sakhardande. Kelda Stevenson attended as substitute for Marais Leenders.

 

 

67.

Minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2013 pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

The minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2013 were agreed as an accurate record, subject to the following corrections:

·        Clarification of last sentence on page 3, 2nd para, ‘there had also been an increase in the intake in year 7 at Rivers Academy.’

·        The correction of Marais Leenders surname (page 3, 4th para refers).

 

Members pointed out the following errors in the free schools list included with the minutes.

·        The primary and secondary schools at the Clifton Road site in Richmond were in Twickenham not Teddington and were voluntary aided.

 

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2013 were agreed as an accurate record, subject to the following corrections:

·        Clarification of last sentence on page 3, 2nd para to ‘there had also been an increase in the intake in year 7 at Rivers Academy.’

·        The correction of Marais Leenders surname (page 3, 4th para refers).

 

Members pointed out the following errors in the free schools list included with the minutes.

·        The primary and secondary schools at the Clifton Road site in Richmond were in Twickenham not Teddington and were voluntary aided.

 

 

68.

Update on Primary Admissions 2013

Decision:

A paper was tabled with statistics on primary admissions numbers.

Minutes:

A paper was tabled with statistics on primary admissions numbers.

 

Sabi Hothi, Head of Pupil Services, gave members an update on primary admissions. A total of 83.34% of pupils had received their first preference and 97.25% had received a place at one of their preferred schools. At the current time they had 97 vacancies, 52 in the west of the borough, 26 in the centre and 19 in the east. She noted that if the free school, Nishkam, came in this would create more capacity with 50 reception places. The amount of appeals for reception class this year was comparable to the previous year. She would provide a full report on primary admissions in September.

 

Sheena Poley, Head of Place Planning, reported that they had sufficient places for September 2013 and 2014 and were planning for 2015. The picture would change between now and summer once school admission appeals had been completed. Indicators suggested that the population was continuing to increase so they were planning for this. She noted that it would be interesting to see what happened on the borough’s outskirts as extra places were put in at Richmond, Ealing etc.

 

Ms Hothi confirmed that Nishkam School had not been part of the admission process as they were not yet approved because of issues around planning on their current site. They would be part of next year’s process.

69.

Update on Secondary Admissions 2013

Decision:

A paper was tabled with statistics on secondary admissions numbers.

 

Action:

Ms Hothi would provide figures in time for the next meeting on the number of Hounslow children going to out of borough schools and vice versa.

Minutes:

A paper was tabled with statistics on secondary admissions numbers.

 

Sabi Hothi gave an update on secondary admissions. She advised that there were currently 269 places available for September. They had expected this number of vacancies with the extra capacity that had been put in. There would be turbulence between now and September.

 

Ms Hothi confirmed that the figure for Feltham Community College was high because extra capacity had been introduced into the west of the borough with the free school. There was also another academy in the area where uptake had been higher.

 

Michael Marks, Assistant Director Education & Early Intervention Service, advised that Nishkam was temporarily moving to a venue in London Road in Isleworth, but they were hoping to move to a permanent base in Osterley.

 

Mr Marks said they were working closely with secondary headteachers on place planning. They recognised that there would be a need for capacity in the future so they were trying to hold places and did not expect current secondary schools to expand until the capacity had been reached.

 

Action:

Ms Hothi would provide figures in time for the next meeting on the number of Hounslow children going to out of borough schools and vice versa.

70.

Update on Place Planning

Decision:

A paper on school place planning was tabled.

 

Action:

Ms Poley would look into the demographic growth fund.

 

The following points were highlighted:

 

  1. The Chair welcomed the place planning newsletter sent out by the LA, which he felt was aiding transparency. He requested this newsletter be sent regularly.
  2. The Chair and Vice-Chair noted that it was not helpful to talk of the need for three new secondary schools by 2019/20 given that some schools still currently had capacity and some wanted to expand.
  3. Members discussed the importance of cross-borough communication regarding place planning, not least to avoid the duplication of capacity along borough borders.
  4. Members felt it was essential for the LA to start looking at secondary place planning in more depth with schools. Officers highlighted resource concerns.  The Chair suggested that the schools could second someone to work with the LA to move this forward.

Minutes:

A paper on school place planning was tabled.

 

Sheena Poley, Head of Place Planning, gave an update on place planning. There was continued growth in pupil numbers in the primary sector. Since 2001 this number had increased by 37%. Four primary schools were permanently expanding for September 2013. There were seven bulge classes for September 2013, some of which would be part of the 2014 plan.  The one-off bulges for 2013 would be in Cardinal, Marlborough and Hounslow Town primary schools.

 

Ms Poley reported that Hounslow was one of four London boroughs with a growing fertility rate. There was a lot of housing going up in Hounslow, which also had an impact.

 

Ms Poley said that Brentford and central Hounslow were particularly challenging areas for them in terms of providing school places.

 

She reported that she had discussed school planning issues with the primary partnership and there had been agreement to increase capacity by four forms of entry. They were looking firstly at expanding existing schools before looking at opening new schools. They were investigating creative solutions, such as split sites and amalgamation.

 

Ms Poley announced that they were also looking at increasing SEN centre places. They were again looking at existing schools to see if they could increase their capacity first.

 

Ms Poley said that by 2016/17 they would begin to see the increase in population hitting their secondary schools. They would need three further secondary schools by 2019/20, based on 8 forms of entry. Some of the challenges included identifying suitable sites, the shortfall in capital, building costs, the increase in housing, and predicting the demand. Although projections predicted an increase in demand they also had to look at how they would manage a fall in demand if this dropped off.

 

Ms Poley confirmed that S106 money had been taken into account when calculating the capital shortfall. She advised that they were carrying out an exercise to see what other types of funding streams were possible. They had put in a bid to the DfE for £30million for targeted basic need funding.

 

Action:

Ms Poley would look into whether they could bid for the demographic growth fund.

 

Ms Poley said they had been working with a consultant to find possible sites for new schools or school expansions.  The next phase was to get the rubber stamp from planners on their suitability. They had started with 120 possible sites.

 

The Chair welcomed the place planning newsletter sent out by the LA, which he felt was aiding transparency. He requested this newsletter be sent regularly.

 

The Chair and Vice-Chair noted that it was not helpful to talk of the need for three new secondary schools by 2019/20 given that some schools still currently had capacity and some wanted to expand.

 

Ms Poley advised that the population trend suggested continuous growth until 2030. This would be fairly accurate to about 2024/25.

 

Ms Poley was meeting with some neighbouring LAs from the West London Alliance (WLA) the following week to look  ...  view the full minutes text for item 70.

71.

Update on School Status in LA

Decision:

A paper on the status of academies and free schools was tabled.

 

Members gave the following updates:

 

  1. Pam Butterfield noted that the Green School was aiming to convert to academy status on 1 August 2013.
  2. Matthew Paul reported that Turing House free school was planning to open in Richmond in 2014 but had not yet identified a building. This would have five forms of entry and be mixed.

Minutes:

A paper on the status of academies and free schools was tabled.

 

Sheena Poley updated members on school status.

 

Pam Butterfield noted that the Green School was aiming to convert to academy status on 1 August 2013.

 

Matthew Paul reported that Turing House free school was planning to open in Richmond in 2014 but had not yet identified a building. This would have five forms of entry and be mixed.

72.

Any other matters which the Chair considers urgent

Decision:

Action:

Members agreed that they would like a paper at the next meeting looking at whether the LA should coordinate nursery admissions.

Minutes:

Action:

Members agreed that they would like a paper at the next meeting looking at whether the LA should coordinate nursery admissions.

 

Mr Marks advised that one of their West area schools that was its own admissions authority had made an error in its admissions criteria. It had already offered places to 60 children, but eleven other children should have received places if the school had used appropriate criteria. The headteacher had written to neighbouring schools. This would have a ripple effect on schools who had allocated places to these eleven pupils.

73.

Date of the next meeting - 4 November 2013

Minutes:

Members noted the date of the next meeting.