Statutory notice on the proposal for the closure of Shapla Primary School

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Introduction

On Wednesday 21 October 2020 Tower Hamlets Cabinet approved the recommendation to publish a statutory notice to publish a statutory notice on the proposal to close Shapla Primary School.

Notice is given in accordance with Section 15 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (as amended by the Education Act 2011) and the School Organisation (Establishment and Discontinuance of Schools) Regulations 2013 that Tower Hamlets local authority intends to discontinue Shapla Primary School with effect from 31 August 2021.

You can read the complete consultation document here.



Contact details

Name and address of local authority publishing the proposal:

Tower Hamlets Council, Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BG.

Name, address and category of schools proposed to be amalgamated:

Shapla Primary School, Wellclose Square, Shadwell, London E1 8HY.



Implementation

Date on which it is proposed to close the school:

Tuesday 31 August 2021.

It is proposed to implement the closure as follows:

Following the closure of Shapla Primary School it is proposed for the remaining pupils on roll at that time to transfer to other primary schools in the local area. The local authority has identified sufficient vacancies at local ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ primary schools within 0.6 miles from Shapla School, and within 0.7 miles of all current pupils’ homes.

There are also vacancies at other schools in the areas to the west of borough, providing Shapla families with a range of options to secure a suitable school for their child. The local authority will endeavour to meet parental preferences for school places, where possible.

The local authority is already undertaking preliminary work with Shapla and other schools in the area on the necessary transition planning for children and families, should the Council decide for the school to close on the date proposed.

Reason for Closure:

The local authority, in partnership with the governing body of Shapla, has reluctantly determined that the school should now close due to a substantial decline in pupil numbers over an extended period and the associated impact on its educational and financial viability.

Pupil numbers in Tower Hamlets schools are currently falling in the west of the borough, where Shapla School is situated. This means that Shapla, along with other schools, has not had enough pupil numbers to fill its classes. The school is now well below its capacity in most of its year groups and this is causing increasing difficulty in maintaining a broad and balanced curriculum with enhanced extra-curricular activities.

The reduction in its pupil numbers has badly affected the school’s budget. Protecting the quality of education has now led to Shapla having financial difficulties, with no capacity to repay financial support received from the local authority within the timeframe prescribed by central government.

The local authority is not allowed to continue to fund schools that are not financially viable and, after considering the alternative options available, it was determined that it would be necessary to propose for the school to close (see Appendix 1 for the stage one consultation).

Introduction

On Wednesday 21 October 2020 Tower Hamlets Cabinet approved the recommendation to publish a statutory notice to publish a statutory notice on the proposal to close Shapla Primary School.

Notice is given in accordance with Section 15 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (as amended by the Education Act 2011) and the School Organisation (Establishment and Discontinuance of Schools) Regulations 2013 that Tower Hamlets local authority intends to discontinue Shapla Primary School with effect from 31 August 2021.

You can read the complete consultation document here.



Contact details

Name and address of local authority publishing the proposal:

Tower Hamlets Council, Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BG.

Name, address and category of schools proposed to be amalgamated:

Shapla Primary School, Wellclose Square, Shadwell, London E1 8HY.



Implementation

Date on which it is proposed to close the school:

Tuesday 31 August 2021.

It is proposed to implement the closure as follows:

Following the closure of Shapla Primary School it is proposed for the remaining pupils on roll at that time to transfer to other primary schools in the local area. The local authority has identified sufficient vacancies at local ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ primary schools within 0.6 miles from Shapla School, and within 0.7 miles of all current pupils’ homes.

There are also vacancies at other schools in the areas to the west of borough, providing Shapla families with a range of options to secure a suitable school for their child. The local authority will endeavour to meet parental preferences for school places, where possible.

The local authority is already undertaking preliminary work with Shapla and other schools in the area on the necessary transition planning for children and families, should the Council decide for the school to close on the date proposed.

Reason for Closure:

The local authority, in partnership with the governing body of Shapla, has reluctantly determined that the school should now close due to a substantial decline in pupil numbers over an extended period and the associated impact on its educational and financial viability.

Pupil numbers in Tower Hamlets schools are currently falling in the west of the borough, where Shapla School is situated. This means that Shapla, along with other schools, has not had enough pupil numbers to fill its classes. The school is now well below its capacity in most of its year groups and this is causing increasing difficulty in maintaining a broad and balanced curriculum with enhanced extra-curricular activities.

The reduction in its pupil numbers has badly affected the school’s budget. Protecting the quality of education has now led to Shapla having financial difficulties, with no capacity to repay financial support received from the local authority within the timeframe prescribed by central government.

The local authority is not allowed to continue to fund schools that are not financially viable and, after considering the alternative options available, it was determined that it would be necessary to propose for the school to close (see Appendix 1 for the stage one consultation).