Bitterne Park 6th Form - Modification of implementation date
Decision maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Learning seeking to bring forward the implementation date for the opening of the Bitterne Park Sixth Form to September 2011 and to approve the admissions policy for the new Bitterne Park Sixth Form.
On consideration of the report of the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Learning, Cabinet agreed the following:
(i) To approve a modification to the Cabinet decision of 21st September 2009 by way of alteration to the implementation date for the opening of Bitterne Park 6th Form from September 2012 to September 2011.
(ii) Subject to the approval of recommendation (i) above, to approve a modification to the Cabinet decision of 21st September 2009 by way of approving the Admissions Policy for the early opening of Bitterne Park 6th Form in September 2011 as set out in Appendix 1 of the report.
Reasons for the decision:
The school already has significant interest from prospective students and has suitable arrangements in place to accommodate them pending handover of the new building.
Alternative options considered:
1. The alternative considered was not to modify the original proposals as approved on 21st September 2009.
2. To reject the recommendations would deny prospective 6th form students the option of continuing their education at Bitterne Park School.
3. The accommodation for provision of 6th form places at the school is due to be completed in October 2011. If 6th form students were not admitted to during 2011, the new accommodation will potentially be left unused for a significant period of time. The cost of keeping the building secure and maintaining it whilst empty would not be a good use of public funds and any costs could be avoided by allowing the school to admit 6th form pupils from September 2011, who could then take up use of the building upon its completion, expected to be in October 2011.
Report author: Richard Hards
Publication date: 14/03/2011
Date of decision: 14/03/2011
Decided at meeting: 14/03/2011 - Cabinet
Effective from: 23/03/2011
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