Reports to be decided by Kirklees Council Cabinet on 8th March 2016
March 2, 2016
Kirklees Council has this week published 2 reports relating to school provision in the district. Each report will be considered by the members of Cabinet (the council’s main decision making body) at their meeting on Tuesday March 8th.
Below are links to the reports, which will provide you with full information. However we would like to bring you the ‘headlines’ from each one.
Implications arising from the Education Funding Agency proposals for the Mount Pleasant Primary School site. The report sets out the current position about the plans for Mount Pleasant Primary School, Huddersfield, which is in poor condition and is due to be rebuilt on its current site by the national Education Funding Agency (EFA).
It was originally planned that Mount Pleasant would move temporarily to a neighbouring site, but a different way forward is now being proposed.
The new proposal is that temporary provision will instead be created in Mount Pleasant’s existing grounds. This would involve using the school’s Multi Use Games Area to install modern, fit for purpose modular classrooms to enable a partial decant of the school, thereby enabling the existing Junior Block to be demolished and replaced with a new build school. The rest of the school would remain in the other buildings on site during the construction period before everyone would transfer to the new school.
This means that children will continue to go on attending school in a place they know well whilst the new school is built.
Once the school was rebuilt – at a cost to the EFA of around £8-10million - the temporary facilities would be removed and the school grounds would be re-landscaped. In total, the decant and rebuild would last around 20 months, starting in September this year.
The council is working closely with the school, the EFA and the building contractor Kier.
Proposed allocation of capital funding for school condition works/basic need The report identifies potential school condition projects to be undertaken by the Local Authority and asks Cabinet members to allocate funding. There has been a significant reduction in DfE funding and, as the backlog of required repairs exceeds the capital available, a matrix scoring system is used to prioritise urgency. Please note that the report’s appendices are recommended to be taken in private at the Cabinet meeting due to financial confidentiality.