Lancashire County Council undertook an initial consultation on the future of Hameldon Community College, Coal Clough Lane, Burnley, BB11 5BT. The consultation period ran from 11 September to 20 October 2017 and a consultation event was held at the school on 11 October 2017. All interested parties were invited to share their views on the proposal. The consultation booklet produced to support this initial consultation period provides further information on the consultation exercise (PDF 925 KB).
On 7 December 2017, cabinet gave approval for a consultation to take place on this proposal from 16 January to 26 February 2018. Cabinet will consider the results of the consultation and make a final decision on the proposal within two months of the representation period closing. Should the decision be taken to close the school, implementation would commence from 31 August 2018, with the school closing on 31 August 2019.
You can view the public notice and complete proposal electronically:
Copies of the complete proposal can also be inspected at Hameldon Community College at the address above; at Lancashire County Council's Chaddesley House office; at the Area Education Office (East) at 44 Union Street, Accrington, BB5 1PL; at Burnley Borough Council office; and local libraries. Copies can be obtained from Sarah Hirst in the Learning and Skills Service at the address below.
Any person may object to or make comments on the proposal by post to:
Learning and Skills Service
PO Box 100
Or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be considered as part of the decision making process to determine the proposal, responses must be received no later than 26 February 2018.
There are five stages of a statutory process that have to be followed legally:
|11 September to 20 October 2017||
Stage one - consultation
|7 December 2017||
Cabinet Member decision making session to consider the results of the consultation and decide whether to publish a statutory notice on the proposal
|January 2018||Stage two - publication of statutory notice on the proposal to close the school|
|January/February 2018||Stage three - four week statutory representation period|
|March/April 2018||Stage four - final decision by Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet|
|31 August 2018||Stage five- implementation (if approved)|
7 December 2017 - decision to publish a statutory notice
10 August 2017 – approval for stage one consultation
Hameldon Community College is an 11-16 local authority maintained community school located in Burnley. The latest published inspection of the school was in December 2017 when it was judged as Inadequate in all areas. As at the October 2017 School Census, the school had 216 pupils on roll and the number of pupils who expressed a first preference for September 2017 admission to the school was just 36. With regard to their financial position, the school has been running a large deficit for a number of years and a significant amount of time and professional resources have been allocated to this school by the local authority.
Despite the efforts of the school and the support of the local authority, Hameldon Community College has been unable to make sustained improvements over time. The Governing Body of Hameldon Community College wrote to the local authority setting out their concerns in relation to the school meeting its statutory responsibilities and asking for its long term future to be considered. As a result, cabinet made the decision for Lancashire County Council to proceed with the proposal.