Agenda and minutes

Children, Family and Education Committee
Thursday, 15th June, 2017 7.30 pm

Venue: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA

Contact: Sharon Major, Committee Services Officer  Tel.: 020 8770 4990, Email:  commiteeservices@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Wendy Mathys, welcomed all those present.

2.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Marion James, Councillor Mary Burstow and Harry Hamilton, Youth MP.

3.

Declarations of interests

Minutes:

5. Update on the establishment of a joint working party for Limes College and Sutton Tuition & Reintegration Service (STARS).

Councillor Jane Pascoe, Non Pecuniary, member of the Limes Management Board.

 

6. Pupil Place Planning Update.

Andrew Theobald, Non Pecuniary, trustee and director of Sutton Community Transport, and a member of Greenshaw Learning Trust.

 

Fr Darren Miller, Non Pecuniary, Chair of Governors at St Dunstan’s Church of England Primary School.

 

4.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 23 March 2017 be approved as an accurate record, and signed by the chair.

5.

Update on the establishment of a joint working party for Limes College and Sutton Tuition & Reintegration Service (STARS) pdf icon PDF 142 KB

This report is an update on the establishment of a joint working party for Limes College and Sutton Tuition & Reintegration Service (STARS) and invites the Committee to decide whether to: (i) force the merger of the management committees together; (ii) to relinquish the proposal to merge the management committees allowing both provisions to explore alternative models in terms of their future organisation and governance but on their own terms.

 

Minutes:

Kieran Holliday, Head of Pupil Based Commissioning, presented the report. The Chair reminded the committee that this matter had been discussed on two prior occasions.

 

The Head of Pupil Based Commissioning advised that the previously identified issues remained following a meeting held on 25 May 2017. The Pupil Referral Units had been unable to agree on a formal merging of the two management committees. 

 

Councillor Steve Cook asked for clarification as to whether the matter could be forced through. The Head of Pupil Based Commissioning confirmed that Committee could do so but that the officer view did not recommend this given the strength of opposition to the proposals.

 

Councillor Jane Pascoe asked for clarification on how cost savings would be made if the merger did not take place.  The Head of Pupil Based Commissioning responded that one of the lines of contention on the proposal was in understanding what savings could be made. It was confirmed that if the merger is not taken forward then any cost savings would not be made.

 

Councillor Arthur Hookway expressed his disappointment that this had not come to fruition, following the work undertaken.

 

The Chair concluded the item by highlighting progress and setbacks, as well as the challenges faced by future funding limitations and expressed disappointment in strong terms that this matter had not made progress largely as a result of reluctance of one party to seriously consider this option.

 

RESOLVED: That

1.    The proposals to merge the management committees, be relinquished, thus allowing both provisions to explore alternative models in term of future organisation and governance.

6.

Pupil Place Planning Update pdf icon PDF 168 KB

This report presents a primary planning update on school places.  It gives an overview of capital works relating to special education needs and Limes College. It also provides an update on the proposed new secondary school and temporary accommodation for consideration.

 

Minutes:

Kieran Holliday, Head of Pupil Based Commissioning, presented the report, also providing an update on the proposed new secondary school and temporary accommodation.

 

The Head of Pupil Based Commissioning confirmed that there was no change to any figures listed under Paragraph 3.3 of the report, clarifying that growth funding is only for the first year.

 

Since the previous committee, the primary national offer day had taken place and all pupils were offered a place. Members were updated on the application of Greenshaw to provide a new Primary free school, and advised that their bid was not approved. Greenshaw had been encouraged to re-submit their application at a future date with the LEO Academy Trust also planning to submit an application in the next round of applications. 

 

Councillor Holly Ramsey raised a query regarding the cost of temporary accommodation at Harris and asked for an explanation on the delays in the building of the new school.

 

The Chair responded that recent delays had been incurred during purdah, the pre-planning process of a complex scheme and the many issues raised by residents that officers have sought to respond to.The Chair explained that there had always been a requirement for temporary accommodation to be provided.

 

Councillor Jane Pascoe questioned the proposed funding for the new school. The Head of Pupil Based Commissioning clarified the contributions from TfL for transport, and further advised on the contribution to the costs of the school that the council is making. 

 

Councillor Steve Cook asked if there would be any additional costs incurred following delays in the planning process. The Head of Pupil Based Commissioning confirmed that there would not be additional costs associated with the delay as work continues on the project despite the delay to planning.

 

Members enquired as to the impact of any delay to the new school with regards to the admissions process and the impact on the other local schools. The Head of Pupil Based Commissioning advised on coordinated admissions and how this assisted the process.

 

Finally, Members asked how many students are at Limes in KS1 and KS2 and if there is some outside accommodation at the Lindbergh Centre. The Head of Pupil Based Commissioning advised that 20 places are available and that the Lindbergh site has external areas available.

 

RESOLVED: That

1.    The update on the new secondary school proposed for the Sutton Hospital site be noted, and £1.65M be authorised for work on Technical design and tendering, over the period June to October 2017.

7.

Any urgent items brought forward at the direction of the chair

Minutes:

An urgent question was a raised by Councillor Pascoe regarding the fire and terrorist evacuation drills at schools following recent events. The Chair suggested that this item be discussed outside the meeting and dealt with as appropriate.

8.

Date of next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be on TBC.

Minutes:

The next meeting will be on 28 September 2017.