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Hameldon Community College

Lancashire County Council is proposing to consult on the future of Hameldon Community College, Coal Clough Lane, Burnley, BB11 5BT. All interested parties are invited to share their views on this proposal, which includes giving consideration to the possibility of the school closing. Should the decision be taken to close the school, this would come into effect from 31 August 2018.

A detailed consultation document provides more information about the proposal

How to respond

A consultation event will be held at the school on 11 October 2017 from 3pm to 8pm. If you wish to attend you can make an appointment by emailing the Pupil Access Team at pupilaccess.central@lancashire.gov.uk or by phoning them on 01772 531 676. You can attend the event without an appointment but those with one will have priority and you may have to wait longer. The closing date for booking an appointment is Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 5pm. If there are only a few or no appointments made, then the event may be shortened.

Alternatively you can give your views online or in writing until 20 October 2017.

Please complete the consultation questionnaire or write to:

Email: haveyoursay@lancashire.gov.uk
Post:
Business Intelligence,
Lancashire County Council,
PO Box 100,
County Hall,
Preston
PR1 0LD

Please submit only one response per person to this consultation.

Timescales

There are five stages of a statutory process that have to be followed legally:

11 September to 20 October 2017

Stage one - consultation

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

If required:
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)

Cabinet reports and decisions

10 August 2017 – approval for stage one consultation

Background

Hameldon Community College is an 11-16 local authority maintained community school located in Burnley. The most recent inspection of the school was in July 2015 when, overall, the school was judged to require improvement. At this inspection, both leadership and management and pupils' personal development were judged to be good. As at January 2017, the school had 296 pupils on roll and the number of pupils expressing a first preference for September 2017 admission to the school was just 35. 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.