Council supports additional school places for Barnsley children

Councillors have approved a report at today’s Cabinet meeting which will support additional secondary school places for the September 2019 and September 2020 academic years in the central area of Barnsley.

Three secondary schools currently serve the central area, providing 4,100 secondary places; Horizon Community College (2,000 pupils), Barnsley Academy (900 pupils) and Darton College (1,200 pupils).

A total shortfall of 143 places for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years has been identified in these areas. Most of these places can be accommodated in the following schools:

  • Darton Academy, which is now part of Delta Academy Trust, has agreed to accommodate an extra 63 pupils over the two years. To do this internal building work to create more classrooms and other space is required.
  • Horizon Community College has agreed to accommodate an extra 20 pupils on a temporary base for both 2019 and 2020. No additional changes would need to be made to their existing building.
  • Outwood Academy Carlton which is a ‘Good’ Ofsted rated performing school will be able to take an additional 30 pupils for 2019. Although not in the central area it is close to the planning area and is in high demand each year. The extra places will be created by introducing an extra class and installing a mobile classroom on the school site.

Barnsley Academy has indicated that it is currently not in a position to take additional pupils.

The money needed to support the extra places is estimated to be around £792,000. This funding is available from the Basic Needs Grant, awarded by the Department of Education to address the shortfall in pupil places in Barnsley’s central area.

Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential) Cllr Tim Cheetham, said: We are working in close partnership with the school's Academy Trusts to ensure that funding is spent effectively.

“The work will make sure we can accommodate the immediate demand for pupil places in the next two years. It will not impact on the need for a new free school in central area to meet the additional demand projected from 2021 onwards.”

The report can be read in full here.

The report from December reviewing options for an additional school can be read in full here.

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