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2021 Annual Review of the School Place Planning Strategy 2018-2022

Meeting: 19/10/2021 - Cabinet (Item 7)

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This report provided an update on the progress made against the School Place Planning Strategy 2018-22, highlighting areas of demand for school places, action taken and made recommendations to ensure that sufficient good quality school places were available.


The annual review report, and its recommendations were based upon the annual round of forecasting undertaken in April 2021, using the latest available data.  It would be the last annual review of the current strategy, with a new School Place Planning Strategy being expected to be presented to Members in the Spring of 2022.







The Cabinet noted the excellent progress made against the School Organisation Plan and School Place Planning Strategy frameworks, which have ensured that the Council has met its duty and sufficient school places are currently available to meet demand.



The Cabinet approved the commencement of a review of capacity and school organisation arrangements within Medway including the reorganisation of Published Admission Numbers (PANs) as a result of recent lowering birth rates, and the impact of local housing development to ensure that all areas have a sufficient supply of school places, whilst avoiding over provision a set out in paragraphs 6.5 to 6.6 of the report.



The Cabinet authorised officers to undertake further feasibility studies and statutory consultations as necessary to ensure that plans are in place to meet demand as and where it emerges.



The Cabinet noted the ongoing work being undertaken to ensure sufficient Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision is available within Medway as set out in section 8 of the report.



The Cabinet noted the limited funding position for providing school places and to support officers’ efforts in acquiring additional funding or identifying alternative means of ensuring sufficient and appropriate school places across all sectors continues to be available.



The Cabinet approved the use of s106 funding to provide additional classrooms and facilities at Wayfield Primary School to accommodate bulge classes as set out in paragraph 6.24 of the report.



The Cabinet recommended full Council to add £1,870,500 to the Capital Programme to complete the resourced provision projects at the Howard School, Strood Academy and Victory Academy together with the special school expansion at Bradfields as set out in paragraphs 8.11 to 8.13 of the report.



By approving the recommendations in section 15 of this report, the Cabinet will be ensuring that the Council meets its statutory duty to ensure sufficient good quality school places are available.