The report provides an update on action taken since last reported to Cabinet on 5 December 2005, with regard to the £23M capital grant from the DfES for the rebuilding of one secondary school under the Building Schools for the Future One-School Pathfinder initiative. In addition, the report recommends which of the two short-listed schools, Teddington or Whitton, is the best fit to meet the terms and conditions outlined by the DfES. These were clearly set out in the report to the Education and Culture Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on the 1 December 2005.
Joint report of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Schools and the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategy and Finance attached.
Approval be given to the recommendation that Teddington School should be the site taken forward for the final negotiations with the DfES, subject to there being no adverse impact on abnormal costs and/or programme as a result of the further ground surveys that are being undertaken and that are referred to in the report.
[The Cabinet heard representations from Mr Gillard, Head of Whitton School and Mr Stephen, Chairman of the Governors of Teddington School. In addition the Cabinet noted written representation received from the Head and Chairman of Governors of Stanley Junior School.
The Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Schools reported that officers had recommended that the school which met all the criteria outlined by the DfES should be put forward for the final negotiation with the DfES. He referred to the extensive consultation which had taken place and the discussion which took place at Education and Culture Overview and Scrutiny Committee which was constructive and balanced. The Leader reported that there was an investment programme for all the borough schools and the Council had a shared vision that all secondary schools should strive for excellence. The decision taken to go forward with Teddington School was this Council’s recommendation but the final decision would be taken by the DfES.
Councillor Avins declared a Prejudicial and Personal Interest in this item by virtue of being a Governor of Teddington School and left the room during consideration of the item.
The reasons for the decision and any alternative options considered and rejected at the meeting are set out in the report.]