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We are Sandwell Recruitment Website Feedback

Leap into a new career with Sandwell Council Visit our new We are Sandwell recruitment website . It’s home to everything you need to know about us as an employer. You can find out more about the different roles we have here, our reward and benefits offer, how we live our values everyday plus much more! Take a look at the website and let us know if you have any feedback via our short survey

Closes 24 April 2024

Contract for a New Carer's Support Service in Sandwell

Are you a family member, friend or neighbour who provides, or has provided, unpaid care to someone living in Sandwell? Or do you have family or friends in Sandwell who provide unpaid care? Or are you someone whose job involves working with carers If you are, Sandwell Council wants your views as we plan to commission our new Carer's Support Service contract. We need your help to design this service, to improve...

Closes 10 May 2024

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We are Sandwell Recruitment Website Feedback

We are Sandwell Recruitment Website Feedback

Leap into a new career with Sandwell Council Visit our new We are Sandwell recruitment website . It’s home to everything you need to know about us as an employer. You can find out more about the different roles we have here, our reward and benefits offer, how we live our values everyday plus much more! Take a look at the website and let us know if you have any feedback via our short survey

Closes 24 April 2024
Contract for a New Carer's Support Service in Sandwell

Contract for a New Carer's Support Service in Sandwell

Are you a family member, friend or neighbour who provides, or has provided, unpaid care to someone living in Sandwell? Or do you have family or friends in Sandwell who provide unpaid care? Or are you someone whose job involves working with carers If you are, Sandwell Council wants your views as we plan to commission our new Carer's Support Service contract. We need your help to design this service, to improve...

Closes 10 May 2024

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Smoking & Vaping Consultation 2024

Smoking & Vaping Consultation 2024

Smoking is the biggest cause of death and illness in the UK and every year, around 80,000 people die from smoking, with many more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses. Sandwell Council invests in helping smokers who want to quit smoking to make the best of their quit attempts.

Closed 2 April 2024
Blackheath Interchange

Blackheath Interchange

Investment from Towns Fund provides an opportunity to help solve problems restricting Blackheath's growth and prosperity, specifically sustainable connectivity. In January / February 2023 Sandwell Council consulted traders and residents of Blackheath on proposals to create a bus interchange around Market Place. The scheme forms part of the Council’s Rowley Regis Towns Fund approval. The consultation process was a rigorous one and the Council...

Closed 31 March 2024
Suggest a topic for Sandwell Scrutiny 2024-25

Suggest a topic for Sandwell Scrutiny 2024-25

This form allows you to suggest topics for Sandwell's Scrutiny Boards to consider. Not all topics can be taken forward, but all will be considered by councillors for review. Scrutiny can't get involved in local issues (for example things affecting a street or small neighbourhood), or things like planning applications or licensing issues, but it is able to look at anything else that affects the people or borough of Sandwell. If you have more than one topic you would like to...

Closed 29 March 2024

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We asked

The Department for Education Statutory Guidance for School Organisation regulations: ‘Making significant changes (‘prescribed alterations’) to maintained schools’ and The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013 requires that when the Local Authority is proposing a significant alteration, i.e., a change to the age range, it must consult upon the proposal and make a formal decision to make the alteration permanent. The LA asked for your views on the statutory proposals to lower the age range of Moat Farm Infant School from 2 – 7 years to 0 – 7 years.

You said

38 representations to the Statutory Proposal were received.  5 of those responses objected to the change of age range.  2 responders provided the following comments;

Objection: Teaching staff; “We do not have the facilities to cater to below 2 years of age. We cater for a small number of 2 year old children. As our Nursery is not big enough or facilitated to cater to very young children.”

Position: Moat Farm Infant School Nursery caters for 2-5 year old children in a small nursery block.  The change to the age range of Moat Farm Infant School is to incorporate the children attending Lavender Farm Day Nursery which currently caters for children from six weeks to 5 years in a separate building.  These children will continue to use the facilities at Lavender Farm Day Nursery.  There are no re-organisational changes expected as a result of the change in age range proposal.

 

Objection: Resident; “If it’s not broken it doesn’t need fixing, the shack up & change will be disturbing, is it really necessary. You will then need to change the juniors!”

Position: As a maintained Local Authority school, the Governing Body have been able to run Lavender Farm Day Nursery using its community powers in addition to operating its own school nursery.  When the school converts to academy status the Governing Body will no longer have those powers.  Changing the school’s age range to include the children attending Lavender Farm Day Nursery will enable the Governing Body to continue to run this nursery and the school nursery.  Children will continue to attend nursery in the same way as they currently do.  The number of children being admitted into Reception at the school is not being increased, therefore there will not be a need to change the admission number for the Junior School.

We did

On 13 September 2023 Cabinet approved the recommendation to publish the Statutory Proposal for the change of age range at Moat Farm Infant School from 2-7 years to 0-7 years old.  Decision No.102/23(1) b., gave approval to the Director of Children’s Services and Education to make a final decision on the proposal for the prescribed alteration at the school, subject to no objections being raised during the statutory representation period for the Statutory Proposal.  In the event that any objections were raised during the statutory representation period, Decision No.102/23(1) c., requires a report is submitted to the Cabinet Member, with full details of representations received to inform a final decision on the proposal.

A report was presented to the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education on 14 November 2023 and approval was given to make the prescribed alternations for the school.  Decisions taken by the Cabinet Member can be found on the council's website; https://www.sandwell.gov.uk/council/modern-gov.

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