{meta} Agenda for Lead Member for Children's and Young People's Services Briefing on Friday, 26 February 2021, 10.00 am

Agenda and decisions

Venue: Online Live Meeting (Microsoft Teams - Audio Only) via the link below.

Contact: Liz Wright 

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Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Interest


Exclusion of the Public


Items for Decision - Part Two- Closed to the Public


Approval of the Indicative Budget Costs for the Permanent Expansion of Salford City Academy High School pdf icon PDF 231 KB

·         Public interest test checklist: Approval of the indicative budget costs for the permanent expansion of SCA.


Salford City Council - Record of Decision


I, Councillor Merry, Lead Member for Children’s Services, in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council Constitution do hereby approve: Approve the indicative budgets costs to support the permanent expansion of Salford City Academy High School as of September 2021.


The Reasons are: For the last three academic years, Salford City Academy have accommodated additional bulge classes (additional 90 Year 7 places). In order to support the increased cohort as they move through the school, there will be a need to undertake expansion works to the dining area and some further internal remodelling in order to create additional class bases. In addition to supporting immediate need, the additional capacity created will also provide the local authority with a solution for meeting further projected secondary pupil demand, going forward.


Options considered and rejected were: None


Assessment of Risk: If the city council does not increase its secondary school provision to meet the projected demand, then the city council would not be fulfilling its statutory duty in relation to the provision of sufficient school places. 


The source of funding is: The capital cost will be met from within the councils Basic Need grant allocations, provision for which is included within the Children’s Services Capital Programme. There is also a commitment from the Multi Academy Trust to make a financial contribution.


Legal Advice obtained: Nicky Smith -Senior Solicitor


Financial Advice obtained: Chris Mee – Strategic Finance Manager


Procurement advice obtained: Deborah Derbyshire – Category Procurement Manager.


HR Advice obtained: N/A


Climate Change Advice obtained: N/A




The following documents have been used to assist the decision process:

The relevant documents contain exempt or confidential information and are not available for public inspection.

Contact Officer: Craig Monaghan and Paula Newall               

Telephone number: 0339/0447


The appropriate scrutiny to call-in the decision is the Children’s Scrutiny Panel                


Signed:     Councillor John Merry                                 Dated:  26.02.21

Lead Member for Children’s and Young People’s Services          


For Democratic Services use only


This decision was published on 26.02.21                                           

This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on 05.03.21                                                   unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.