SCC FoI Request 26/4/2016 Ref 14503

Q, With regard to Secondary Schools in Guildford Borough, what Free Schools in the secondary sector are there? 

A.  There are no secondary free schools in Guildford Borough.

Q. With regard to the proposed new secondary school in Normandy, can you please tell me which Academy or Free School has approached the County Council proposing sponsorship arrangement for the new school. If neither has made the approach can you please advise me on what basis an approach has been made, and by whom, and how this fits with Government legislation regarding new schools

A. The County Council has not received any approaches regarding sponsorship arrangements for the new school. It has not invited any such approaches as it would be too early to do so at this stage. If and when the new school is progressed, the process to do so would be aligned with the Department for Education's guidance on the establishment of new schools.

Q. Please provide me with information that shows:

1. The planned admission number of the proposed new school in Normandy (how many forms of entry), and how this has been calculated

A.  It is too early to define the admission number of the proposed school in Normandy. This would be largely dependent on the number of housing developments progressed for which a new school may serve, taking into consideration any capacity in existing schools closer to the time when the places are needed.

Further query:

I find this response confusing as the Guildford Borough LAA dated Feb 2016 states clearly, “The site will provide a 7 form entry secondary school.” Does this not equate to a PAN of 210? Why is the response that “it is too early to define the admission number” , given this statement in the LAA

Further response:

The  provisional size is up to 7FE in order to ensure sufficient provision is considered in line with possible housing.

Further query:

In the FOI request W10001729, with regard to this proposed secondary school, you stated, “785 is the estimated secondary yield which could result in around 157 children per secondary year. Is this not PAN of 157, or between a 5 and 6 FE school? Why are the responses different (in one it is 210, and in the other 157), and again, why is the response “it is too early to define the admission number” , given that a number of 157 is given?

Further response:

The number cannot be prescribed at this stage, as this would be dependent on the schemes progressed. 

Further query:

In the FOI request W10001729, with regard to this proposed secondary school, you stated, “The proposed secondary school in Normandy would serve Normandy, Blackwell Farm and Ash, which could be around 4,366 homes. This number of dwellings could yield around 785 secondary aged children. This estimate is based on formulae that calculate the likely average yield from new developments.” 

The Guildford Borough LAA shows the need for a 2FE Primary School at the Blackwell Farm site and I assume these children would move on as a cohort of 60 children to the proposed Secondary School in Normandy. Appendix C of the draft Local Plan, Infrastructure Schedule SED3 states the need for  “A 7FE secondary school at the Normandy site ... only 1FE would be needed to serve the strategic development itself”.  

Further response:

The number of new homes in the Ash area is shown in the Proposed Submission Local Plan on page 27, table 1, published by Guildford Borough Council. 

2. If the proposed intake at the Normandy site is in addition to the extra 3 form entry already commissioned in Guildford town

A. This would be largely dependent on the number of housing developments progressed for which a new school may serve, taking into consideration any capacity in existing schools closer to the time when the places are needed.

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