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. Should the decision be taken to close the school, implementation would commence from 31 August 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 30. 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.