Purpose of report
To provide an update on the progress of:
· Urgent school condition projects
· Mainstream school sufficiency schemes aimed at increasing school place capacity within the city
· Special school sufficiency schemes aimed at ensuring that schools can take children with more complex SEND.
(1) It is recommended that the Cabinet Member notes the progress on the school modernisation "urgent condition" projects, the secondary school sufficiency projects and the special school sufficiency projects (as set out in the report and in Appendix A).
(2) It is recommended that the schemes agreed with the Lead Member since the last report are formally approved.
The report was introduced by Caroline Corcoran, Head of Sufficiency, Participation and Resources.
In response to questions she clarified the following:
· There had been a further few leaks on the roof at The Lantern. The majority of the previous works were on the inside of the building. The building was not of the highest quality and it was inevitable there would be maintenance costs on this site - the recent spell of rain had not helped. A longer term solution is being sought but it is recognised that The Lantern will be required for the medium term and the level of investment to support the high standard of refurbishment reflects this.
The Cabinet Member advised that this was Caroline's last meeting so wished her well and thanked her for the quality of all her reports.
The Cabinet Member for Education:
1. Noted the progress on the school modernisation "urgent condition" projects, the secondary school sufficiency projects and the special school sufficiency projects (as set out in the report and in Appendix A).
2. Approved the schemes agreed since the last report.