Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary School – Consultation concerning the disposal of playing field land
Sefton Council wishes to seek the views of interested parties regarding a request from Highways England to purchase 528 square metres of Council owned land on Dunningsbridge Road, Netherton which forms part of the playing field at Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary School. The reason for the request is to enable the pedestrian bridge over Dunningsbridge Road (A5036) to be replaced and relocated.
In 2017 there was a proposal to provide an at grade crossing at the junction but due to public pressure following road safety concerns it was agreed by Sefton Councillors and Highways England that the bridge would be replaced.
To dispose of playing field land the Council must apply for prior written permission from the Secretary of State for Education under Section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. As part of this application the Council is required to demonstrate that all relevant stakeholders have been consulted. If the disposal is approved the school will still have an area in excess of the recommended minimum playing field area.
A copy of the Land Reference Plan which shows the area of land requested is provided below:
Our Lady of Walsingham Land Reference Plan
Any objections or representations to the proposed disposal must be made in writing only and addressed to Marie Stevenson, School Organisation, Education Services, Sefton Council, Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle L20 7AE, no later than 23rd October 2020. However, in view of the current circumstances with COVID 19 responses can also be emailed to email@example.com. Any feedback we receive from the consultation will form part of the application to the Secretary of State should the Council decide to proceed but details of individual responses will be kept confidential.
St Teresa's Catholic Infant School - update following Cabinet meeting on 30th July, 2020
At their meeting of 30th July 2020, Sefton's Cabinet considered the report of the Interim Head of Education advising that Cabinet had agreed to allow St Teresa's Governors further time to provide an alternative financial proposal based on a half form entry from Reception to Year 2; that the Governing Body had been developing a financial plan to try to support the continued operation of the school; that the Local Authority had worked with the Governing Body to discuss the proposals and understand the implications; and that the issues were not related to the quality of the provision, as St Teresa's last inspection acknowledged that the school was 'Good'.
The Governing Body had put forward alternative proposals which they believed would support the sustainability of the school both financially and as a community resource; but there did however, remain some concerns about how they would work in practice. It was acknowledged that some of the work had been hampered by the COVID pandemic which had limited their ability to promote themselves as a school within the community. This would be closely monitored and escalated to Cabinet in the future if necessary.
The following decision was made:
1) the Governing Body be given the opportunity to implement their plans for St Teresa's Catholic Infant School;
2) the Council cease the statutory process approved by Cabinet on 3rd October 2019; and
3) the Local Authority and the Archdiocese continue to work with the Governing Body to ensure that proposed plans are implemented and the school can achieve financial sustainability.
Pupil Place Plan 2018/2019 to 2023/2024
The Pupil Place Plan 2018/2019 to 2023/2024 which provides information about the supply of school places in Sefton is available to download below.