Agenda and minutes

Cabinet Member for Education - Thursday, 9th March, 2017 4.00 pm

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No. Item


Apologies for absence


 Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Alicia Denny. 


Declarations of interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Capital Programme schemes for School Condition Project 2017-18 and Sufficiency of Secondary School Places pdf icon PDF 308 KB

Purpose of report


·         The purpose of this report is to seek approval for the individual condition projects that form part of the £1,000,000 schools condition scheme (modernisation programme) 2017-18; and to seek approval for the secondary school places (sufficiency) scheme totalling £4,470,000.


·         Capital funding for both capital schemes was approved by Full Council on 14th February 2017. Additional funding from schools will be used to increase the value of the overall scheme related to the schools modernisation programme.



(1)  the school modernisation "urgent condition" projects as set out in Section 4 of the report be approved and the scheme be amended to reflect the expected school contributions of £215,500;


(2)  the required redistribution of funding across the short term sufficiency projects shown in the table at paragraph 5.4 be approved, together with a transfer of £50,000 from the Primary School Phase 2 expansion scheme  to meet the identified shortfall


(3)  the secondary sufficiency scheme at The Portsmouth Academy and the feasibility work for the other secondary school expansion projects, as set out in Section 5 of the report, be approved, subject to discussion  with secondary headteachers;  and


(4)  power be delegated to the Deputy Director of Children's Services - Education, to approve the entering into contract for the proposed capital works set out in this report.





The report was introduced by Caroline Corcoran (Head of Sufficiency, Participation and Resources).  She summarised the table in paragraph 4.1 of the report listing the school modernisation urgent projects and explained that £219,000 had been set aside for contingency/emergency works. 


Councillor Young said that some of the costs listed in the table for works seemed quite high; he referred in particular to the proposed works at Southsea Infant School Lodge, and asked for some further clarification on how the costs were arrived at.  Caroline said that her colleagues present would be able to provide the details and introduced Susan Whitehouse (Design Manager) and Steve Groves (Asset Manager) who had been involved with the projects.  Susan explained that the Southsea Infant School Lodge was a former caretaker's house which was now being used as an after school club.  When this was inspected, there were no safety measures in place.  Officers had been made aware of this project at short notice and the estimate was based on the cost per square metre.  If approval was given today officers would prepare a tender for the project using the PCC framework of contractors who will submit prices.  The tenders received will be evaluated to ensure the Council is getting value for money.  Chris Williams noted that the council's costs for school modernisation projects had compared very favourably against national bench-marking for the last 2 years. Officers confirmed that any underspend would be returned to the overall school condition budget. Steve added that throughout the year his team will identify demand for properties that need works carried out.  Condition surveys of the potential projects take place which are costed using cost data from previous tenders. Once the overall budget is approved, his team will meet with education colleagues to discuss how to prioritise the projects.  In response to a further question from Councillor Young, Steve Groves said that PCC include for a 5-10% contingency on individual projects. 


In response to a question from Councillor Horton, officers explained that the council is aware of the overall demand of schools for improvement and condition works.  Colleagues have been evaluating and prioritising school condition projects since October and are confident that the projects identified are the highest priority that can be undertaken within the overall budget available. 


Caroline Corcoran then introduced the school sufficiency section of the report.  Councillor Young said that he appreciated there is a real challenge for secondary school places in the city and understood that 2019 will be the 'pinch' year.  He invited Chris Williams (Pupil Place Planning & Capital Strategy Officer) to give some further information on the schemes.  Chris referred to the table in paragraph 5.4 of the report and said that the four schemes that made up phase 1 and which were already underway were good value projects.  Many of the city's secondary schools are on constrained sites and many of the 'quick wins' had already been exhausted.


Mike Stoneman (Deputy Director Children's Services - Education) added that it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.