Lyndale School Consultation
The Lyndale School is a special school for primary aged children with complex learning difficulties (CLD). The school is located in Eastham and serves the whole of Wirral. Ofsted’s most recent inspection of the school in November 2012, judged that The Lyndale School was a good school, with outstanding features.
Outcome of consultation on the closure of The Lyndale School
A consultation was held between 2nd April 2014 and 25th June 2014 on the closure of The Lyndale School. The outcome of the consultation was reported to Council’s Cabinet on 4th September 2014, where the decision was taken to proceed to the next stage – the statutory representation period. This decision was called in to be re-examined by the Coordinating Committee on 2nd October 2014, where the decision to publish statutory notices was upheld.
Have your say on the proposal to close the Lyndale School
On 22nd October 2014, a statutory notice was published proposing the closure of The Lyndale School. There is a now a four week representation period where anyone who wishes to do so can give their views in writing to the address on the statutory notice. The closing date for representations is 19th November 2014.
Please send your comments to: email@example.com or write to:
Director of Children’s Services
A copy of the proposal can be obtained on request by calling 0151 606 2020 during office hours or writing to the address above. The closing date for representations is 19th November 2014.
The outcome of the representation period will then be reported to Council’s Cabinet, who are the decision makers on the proposal.
Respond to the Representation period
Download the Appendices to the Cabinet Report (under item 44 on the agenda)
Why is the closure of The Lyndale School being considered?
The closure of The Lyndale School is being proposed because the viability of the school is compromised by its small size and falling roll, which both contribute to a difficult and potentially worsening financial position. There are currently 21 children attending the school. The national reforms to funding education for children with special educational needs (SEN) have brought The Lyndale School’s financial position into sharp focus and these changes could have a significant impact on The Lyndale School. Therefore, the proposal to close the school is not based on the quality of educational standards of the school, but because of the cost of maintaining a small school with a falling roll.
The proposal for closure is also based on the fact that there are two other schools in Wirral providing good and outstanding primary school provision for children with complex learning difficulties. Should The Lyndale School close, both of these schools will provide high quality care and education for the children currently educated at The Lyndale School.
It is important to note that the proposal to close the school is not linked to the Council’s need to save money. Any savings made are redistributed to schools to invest in children and young people.
The Local Authority has a statutory duty to ensure that there are sufficient school places in our area with fair access to educational opportunity to promote the fulfilment of every child’s potential (Education Act 1996). Across all Local Authorities in England over a period of years the range, number and needs of children and young people with special educational needs will change, so too will the cost of resources to support the provision required to meet children and young people’s needs. Therefore, it’s important that our local schools change to meet changing needs and numbers of children and young people.
Consideration about how to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs forms part of the Wirral Children and Young People’s Plan 2013 – 20. This Plan sets out Wirral’s commitment to provide the very best outcomes for children and young people. The partnership working of the Children’s Trust, with its strong record of collaborative working with many partners, including children, young people and families provides a local framework for ensuring that a service which values each of our children will continue to be provided, and which makes the best use of available resources. At a national level, the new Children and Families Act 2014, makes provision to improve the quality of partnership working to meet the needs of children with special educational needs and / or disabilities, and their families.
A proposal to close a school will inevitably cause concerns, in particular for children, parents, carers and school staff. The Local Authority is committed to working very closely with the children, their families and the schools throughout the process.
When will a decision about the future of the school be made?
A final decision about the closure of the school has not yet been made. The outcome of the representation period will be reported to the Council’s Cabinet, who are the decision makers on the proposal. This is likely to be in December 2014.
- On 4th September 2014 Cabinet received a report from the Director of Children’s Services giving the outcome of a consultation on the closure of the Lyndale School.
- Taking all the information into account, Cabinet decided that statutory notices should be published proposing the closure of The Lyndale School. The decision to begin the representation period was “called in” to be re-examined by the Co-ordinating Committee on 2nd October 2014. The Committee considered the history of decision making in respect of The Lyndale School, and at the conclusion of this meeting the decision to publish the statutory notices was upheld.