Statutory Consultation on Proposed Closure


Bleasdale CE Primary School

Between 7 January to 15 February 2019, at the request of the governing body and in partnership with the Diocese of Blackburn, Lancashire County Council undertook an initial consultation on the future of Bleasdale Church of England Primary School, Bleasdale, Preston, PR3 1UY.  All interested parties were invited to share their views on the proposal. The booklet produced to support this initial consultation period provides more information about the consultation (PDF 956 KB).

On 11 April 2019, Cabinet considered the outcome of the initial consultation and gave approval for a statutory consultation to take place on this proposal, from 24 April to 24 May 2019.  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, the school will close on 31 August 2019.

You can view the public notice (PDF 116 KB) and complete proposal (PDF 62 KB) electronically.

Copies of the complete proposal can also be inspected at Bleasdale Church of England Primary School at the address above; at Lancashire County Council; at the Wyre Borough Council office; and at local libraries. Copies can be obtained from Heather Warburton in the Education, Quality and Performance Service, Room 2:27, Lancashire County Council, PO Box 100, County Hall, Preston, PR1 0LD.

Any person may object to or make comments on the proposal by posting them to Heather Warburton at the above address. Responses can also be emailed to heather.warburton@lancashire.gov.uk. To be considered as part of the decision making process to determine the proposal, responses must be received no later than 24 May 2019. 

Timescales

Date Stage

7 January 2019 - 15 February 2019

Stage one - consultation

11 April 2019

Cabinet meeting to consider feedback from the consultation and to decide whether to publish a statutory notice on a proposal to close the school or not

24 April 2019

Stage two – publication of statutory notice

24 April to 24 May 2019

Stage three – representation period

July 2019

Stage four – final decision by cabinet

31 August 2019

Stage five – implementation (if approved)

Cabinet reports and decisions

11 April 2019 – decision to publish a statutory notice and undertake the stage three representation period

3 December 2018 – approval for stage one consultation 

Background

Bleasdale Church of England Primary School has seen a reduction in the number of pupils on roll from 16 in January 2014 to 2 in September 2018. There are no pupils in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 or Year 3 and there were no admissions to the school in September 2018.

As a consequence of the reduction in pupil numbers, the financial resources available to the school have declined and these are considerably lower from April 2019, when the school's funding was based on the two pupils on roll in October 2018.

The school has sufficient funding to continue to operate in 2018/19 but with only 2 pupils would go into an irrecoverable deficit from 1 September 2019. Without adequate funding, the educational provision in the school would decline. 

As a result, cabinet made the decision for Lancashire County Council to proceed with the initial consultation. Following this consultation the decision was taken to proceed to statutory consultation.