Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Council is the Strategic Commissioner of
Education Provision in Stockport. This report sets out how we will
carry out our responsibility, in line with the commitments made in
the One Stockport Borough Plan to ensure there are sufficient
places in good and improving local inclusive schools at the heart
of the community that children and families want to go to. This
means having the right number of school places, in the right place,
at the right time to meet demand. The school investment plan aims
to secure an education estate that provides a safe, accessible,
secure and stimulating learning environment, which is sustainable
and provides value for money, is fit for current and future needs
and reduces environmental impact.
Stockport’s physical and socioeconomic landscape is changing. Our local plan, robust intelligence and data can lead us to recommendations of investment that consider sufficiency through the 3 key influencers that will help achieve our ambition of good and improving local schools.
Fundamentally we lack the funding we require to do everything we’d aspire to do so therefore we must target our resources to ensure greatest benefits across the school estate delivering a better offer for local families.
Increased focus on inclusion and SEND is required to ensure pupils thrive but within a sustainable public budget which has influenced the decisions to prioritise spend in areas of need and expand out differentiated learning offers in line with growing need.
Members are asked to consider the report, and agree the terms outlined in the strategy and the associated investment plan outlined in the Asset Management Plan.
The Cabinet has considered a proposed School Sufficiency Investment Plan that aimed to set out its strategy and capital pipeline for the next five years, secure an education estate that provided a safe, accessible, secure and stimulating learning environment, which was sustainable and provided value for money, was fit for current and future needs and reduced environmental impact; and has given approval to the terms outlined in the strategy and the associated investment plan outlined in the Asset Management Plan.
Reason Key: Significant expenditure or savings;
Wards Affected: (All Wards);
Equality and/or Environmental Impact Assessment: Both equality and Environmental impacts assessments have been carried out and attached as appendices.
Decision Reference: CAB340
Declarations or conflicts of Interest: None.
Forward Plan Reference: RCG42/ CFS&E6
Other reasons / organisations consulted
Schools and ward members will be consulted as
part of any capital projects considered. Any significant changes to
the school estate require formal, public consultation that will be
carried out as required.
Contact: Christopher Harland Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report author: Geraldine Gerrard
Publication date: 08/12/2021
Date of decision: 07/12/2021
Decided at meeting: 07/12/2021 - Cabinet
Effective from: 15/12/2021