Proposals for Prescribed Alterations (Maintained School) - Bitterne Park School.

Published under Section 19(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 and The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools)(England) Regulations 2013.

This proposal takes account of The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013, the School Organisation Maintained Schools Statutory Guidance for Proposers and Decision Makers (January 2014) and the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

As part of a wider expansion of secondary schools across the City, we are proposing that Bitterne Park School should expand from 1500 to 1800 pupils (10 Form Entry (FE) to 12 FE) from 1 September 2017. The Published Admission Number for the school (the number of pupils admitted in Year 7) would rise from 300 to 360 from the same date and in subsequent years until the new capacity is fully achieved.

Admission and transport arrangements for pupils attending the school will not be affected by these proposals.

Reasons for the proposal

Southampton will exceed its overall Secondary capacity (in all year groups) around 2022-23, but is projected to exceed its Year 7 capacity sooner; in 2017-18. There are currently 2,290 places available in Southampton for Year 7 pupils. The Local Authority has begun the process of planning additional capacity within the City for the projected increase in pupil numbers. The increased demand can already be seen in Southampton’s Primary Schools and is mainly due to an increase in children born in Southampton.

The Local Authority is under a statutory duty to ensure that there are sufficient school places in the City, promote high educational standards, ensure fair access to educational opportunity and promote the fulfilment of every child’s educational potential.
Further details about forecasting school places and school planning can be found in the Southampton City Council School Organisation Plan.

How will the extra children be accommodated?

It is proposed to rebuild and extend the current premises on the existing school site to achieve this expansion. Funding has been assigned by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) under the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP).

Timescales

Non-statutory consultation on this proposal took place between Monday 6 October and Monday 10 November 2014 (5 Weeks to take account of the October half term). A final proposal based on this consultation is published here.

There were four weeks of statutory consultation from the date of publication (Monday 17 November 2014) to Monday 15 December 2014.

The proposals were approved by Cabinet on 17 February 2015.