Council set to back creating extra places at two schools

Article dated Friday Dec 1, 2017 at 04:40 PM

Bradford Council’s Executive will be asked to help create hundreds of extra places at good and outstanding schools, at its meeting next week.

Councillors will be asked to approve the publishing of statutory proposals to increase the 11-to-16 pupil admission number at Carlton Bolling College from 240 to 300 and to close the school’s sixth form. The changes would come into affect from September next year.

The executive will also be asked to publish statutory proposals for Low Ash Primary School, in Shipley, to increase its pupil admission number from 60 to 90.  This would mean the school’s capacity would increase from 420 to 630 from September 2019.

Carlton Bolling College, in Undercliffe, has just been rated as outstanding by Ofsted in a glowing report and Low Ash Primary is rated as good.

Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills, said: "Bradford Council is committed to ensuring that the district’s schools can meet the increasing demand for places.

"We have already created more than 8,500 primary school places since 2010 and will meet the demand as it moves through to secondary schools.

"These proposals will allow two strong schools to expand. The closure of Carlton Bolling's sixth form is being led by the school. It will allow it to focus on its 11-to-16 provision where the school has just been rated as outstanding in all areas in its recent Ofsted inspection.

"The future of school sixth-forms is a matter for each individual school but the council’s review of post-16 education found that Bradford would be best served by a small number of large sixth forms which have the capacity to deliver a wide range of courses.

"We know that two such sixth-form schools are already in the pipeline and we think this will be in the best interests of Bradford’s post-16 students."

Consultations over both proposals have been carried out.

At its meeting on Tuesday December 5, Bradford Council executive will be asked to approve the publishing of statutory proposals to  increase pupil numbers at both schools and to alter the age range at Carlton Bolling College to close the school’s sixth form.

If these recommendations are given the go ahead the proposals will be published and a final decision on whether to approve them will be made at a future Executive meeting.

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