Wakefield Council and Kettlethorpe High School are working in partnership to propose an increase to the number of school places at Kettlethorpe High School.
22 May 2017 – 6 June 2017
Informal Consultation Period
|18 July 2017||Cabinet considered the outcome of the consultation feedback and approved the capital funding for the expansion|
Reason for the Proposal
The reason for the proposal is that the School Organisation Plan 2016 identified that the demand for Year 7 places in the Wakefield Rural planning area (Kettlethorpe and Crofton) will be greater than the number of places available based on current admission numbers. This is due to increasing numbers of children feeding through from local primary schools and from new housing developments
The proposed increase will have 2 phases. Phase 1 will be an increase of 15 Year 7 places in September 2017 with some minor remodelling and demolition of the former caretaker bungalow. Phase 2 will be another increase of 15 Year 7 places in September 2018 with some remodelling, a new gymnasium and a new classroom block. These 2 phases will take the admission number up from 320 to 350.
It is anticipated that a further phase, increasing the admission number from 350 to 360, will be required in the future so the new classroom block will be designed so it can easily be expanded when required.
The proposed increase is not sufficient to require the Council to carry out a formal Schools Organisation Statutory process but, as it is good practice, the Council and Kettlethorpe High School are going to carry out an informal consultation between 22 May 2017 and 6 June 2017 to gather feedback on the proposal. The feedback that is received will be considered at a future meeting of Wakefield Council's Cabinet and depending on the outcome the Council will seek to make the increase permanent through the Admissions Consultation process for 2019/20 admissions.