Consultation on Proposed Closure


Bleasdale CE Primary School

Lancashire County Council are proposing to consult on the future of Bleasdale Church of England Primary School, Bleasdale, Preston, PR3 1UY.  All interested parties are invited to share their views on this proposal, which includes giving consideration to the possibility of the school closing.  Should the decision be taken to close the school, this would come into effect from 31 August 2019.

On 3 December 2018, cabinet gave their approval for a stage one consultation to take place on this proposal from 7 January to 15 February 2018. A detailed consultation document provides more information about the proposal (PDF 956 KB).

How to share your views

A consultation event will take place at the school on Monday 28 January 2019 from 3pm to 8pm. If you wish to attend the event, you can book an appointment by telephone or email by contacting the School Improvement Service on 01772 531853 or email: heather.warburton@lancashire.gov.uk. You can attend the event without an appointment but those with one will have priority. This could mean that you wait longer if you don't have an appointment. The closing date for booking an appointment is Wednesday 23 January at 5pm.

You can also respond to the consultation online, by email to: haveyoursay@lancashire.gov.uk or by post to:

Business Intelligence,
Lancashire County Council,
PO Box 100,
County Hall,
Preston
PR1 0LD

Please submit one response per person to this consultation.

Timescales

7 January 2019 - 15 February 2019

Stage one - consultation

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

If required

April/May 2019

Stage two – publication of statutory notice

April/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

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 will be considerably lower from April 2019, when the school's funding will be 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 consultation.