Hameldon Community College

On 12 April 2018, the Cabinet considered and approved the proposal to close Hameldon Community College, Coal Clough Lane, Burnley, BB11 5BT with effect from 31 August 2019, with implementation commencing from 31 August 2018.  This decision was subject to a call-in and, as such, was considered as part of the Council's democratic process by Education Scrutiny Committee on 25 April 2018.  The decision was not called-in, therefore Cabinet's decision to the phased closure of the school stands.

The local authority will continue to support the school to ensure a smooth transition for pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9, who will move to an alternative school for September 2018.  Pupils currently in Year 10 will remain at Hameldon Community College to complete their Key Stage 4 education.

Representation

The county council carried out the statutory representation period from 16 January to 26 February 2018 following the publication of a public notice (PDF 117 KB). ).  More information is available in the complete proposal (PDF 215 KB).

If you have difficulty in accessing this information, please email sarah.hirst@lancashire.gov.uk.

Cabinet reports and decisions

12 April 2018 - decision to approve the proposal 

7 December 2017 - decision to publish a statutory notice

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 latest published inspection of the school was in December 2017 when it was judged as Inadequate in all areas.  As at March 2018, the school had 197 pupils on roll and the number of pupils who expressed a first preference for September 2017 admission to the school was just 37, before the consultation on the possible closure of the school was announced.  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 the school 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, on 10 August 2017, cabinet made the decision for Lancashire County Council to proceed with the proposal.

Lancashire County Council undertook an initial consultation on the future of the school 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 (PDF 925 KB) produced to support this initial consultation period provided further information on the consultation.

On 7 December 2017, cabinet considered the findings of the initial consultation and gave approval for a further statutory consultation to take place from 16 January to 26 February 2018 on the proposal to close the school.  The representations made during this period were considered by cabinet at their meeting on 12 April 2018.