Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Advisory Board - Children and Young People
Monday, 6th February, 2012 2.30 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, The Courts, Carlisle, CA3 8NA. View directions

Contact: Sian Horsley  Email: Sian.messenger@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Mrs C Feeney-Johnson, Mrs J Heath and Call in Member Mr A Wannacott.

 

2.

MEMBERSHIP

To report any changes to the membership of the Board

Minutes:

Mr G Roberts replaced Mrs J Heath as a Member of the Advisory Board for this meeting only.

 

3.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

To disclose any personal and prejudicial interests relating to any item on the agenda.

 

NB   The following is a summary of what constitutes a personal interest and a personal and prejudicial interest.  Please seek advice or refer to the Code of Conduct (paragraph 8) for full definitions.

 

Personal Interests

 

You have a personal interest if the issue being discussed in the meeting affects the well-being or finances of you, your family or your close associates more than most other people who live in the Electoral Division affected by the issue.

 

Personal interests are also things that relate to an interest you must register.

 

N.B. If the personal interest arises because of your membership of another public body, you only need to declare it if you intend to speak.

 

A personal interest should be declared as follows:

 

I have a personal interest in agenda item […] regarding the report on […] because I am […].

 

Personal and Prejudicial Interests

 

If you have a personal interest in a matter you will also have a prejudicial interest in that matter if the interest is one which a member of the public, with knowledge of the relevant facts, would reasonably regard as so significant that it is likely to prejudice your judgement of the public interest.  If you have a personal and prejudicial interest you must withdraw from the meeting room for that item, unless you are there to make representations and the public have the same opportunity to do so

 

NB You only have a prejudicial interest if the matter

 

·        affects your financial position or that of your family, close associate, employer etc or it

·        relates to a regulatory matter

 

 

 

A personal and prejudicial interest should be declared as follows:

 

I have a personal and prejudicial interest in agenda item […] regarding the report on […] because I am […].

 

Advice on this can be sought from staff in Legal and Democratic Services.  Members are requested to seek advice, wherever possible, before the meeting starts.

 

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of interest made.

 

4.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

RESOLVED, that the press and public be not exempt for any item on the agenda.

 

5.

CALL-IN ITEMS

A valid call in has been received in respect of the decision taken by Cabinet on 12 January 2012, to ‘cease to maintain Captain Shaw’s School, Bootle with effect from 31 August 2012’

 

The decision has been called in to ask the board to:

 

            (1)           re-assure themselves that Cabinet fully considered the financial

                            implication of pupil transfer to Waberthwaite School;

 

            (2)           re-assure themselves that the educational needs will be fully met

                            (including transition);

 

(3)                       re-assure themselves that appropriate elements of the Localism Act

                were taken into consideration.

 

 

For Members’ information, the following papers are enclosed: -

 

(a)                     A copy of the call in request

 

(b)                     The relevant extract from the Constitution on Call ins

 

(c)                     Guidance on the suggested procedure to be followed at call in meetings

 

(d)                     A copy of the main report (and relevant appendices) considered by the

                           Cabinet on 12 January 2012 entitled Transforming Learning

 

(e)                     The relevant minute extract from the Cabinet meeting held on 12

January 2012.

 

Minutes:

A valid call in had been received in respect of the decision taken by Cabinet on 12 January 2012, to ‘cease to maintain Captain Shaw’s School, Bootle with effect from 31 August 2012’

 

The decision had been called in, in order for the Board to:

(1) re-assure themselves that Cabinet fully considered the financial implication of

pupil transfer to Waberthwaite School;

(2) re-assure themselves that the educational needs will be fully met (including

transition);

(3) re-assure themselves that appropriate elements of the Localism Act were

taken into consideration.

 

Members considered the following papers:

(a)               A copy of the call in request;

(b)               the relevant extract from the Constitution on Call ins;

(c)               guidance on the suggested procedure to be followed at call-in meetings;

(d)               a copy of the main report and relevant appendices considered by the

Cabinet on 12 January 2012 entitled Transforming Learning;

(e)               The relevant minute extract from the Cabinet meeting held on 12 January

2012.

 

Before the Call in Members presented their reasons for the call in, clarification was provided as to what decision Cabinet had taken on 12 January 2012.  It was explained Cabinet had taken the decision to publish statutory notices to ‘cease to maintain Captain Shaw’s School, Bootle with effect from 31 August 2012’ they had not taken a decision as to whether to close the school this would be taken in April 2012.  Call in Members where then asked if they wanted to proceed with the call in, they did.

 

The Call in Members, Mrs Brown and Mr Cole expanded on the reasons behind the call in.  They believed the decision had been flawed, due to the misrepresentation and misunderstanding which had occurred at Cabinet.  The School was purpose built in 1810 but had been referred to as two rooms above a community hall.  The school was the heart of the village, with the community hall being used by various groups.  The Equality Impact Assessment report identified there were no negative impacts/risks in relation to community effect.  However, there was a fear if the School was closed the community hall would lose its Rural Service Centre status, which would undermine Bootle’s action plan.  The Cabinet report identified three additional options which were summarily dismissed: to form a federation with one or more schools in the area; to close Waberthwaite School and transfer the pupils to Captain Shaw’s; and/or for the catchment areas to be redrawn.  There was said to be no room for expansion at Captain Shaw’s but this had never been looked into.  The catchment area had been reduced several times over the years, to the detriment of the school.  Regarding the quality of education, parents felt their children did receive a high level of education.  It was suggested results could be swayed by one/two pupils in a small school.  A report in December had shown progress in the school specifically in lessons.  The Cabinet report explained the school was not compliant under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) as there was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

A copy of the call in request pdf icon PDF 57 KB

7.

Extract from the Constitution on Call ins pdf icon PDF 158 KB

8.

Procedure at call in meetings pdf icon PDF 98 KB

9.

Transforming Learning Report considered by Cabinet on 12 January 2012 pdf icon PDF 360 KB

Additional documents:

10.

Cabinet Minute extract from the Meeting held on 12 January 2012 pdf icon PDF 107 KB