33.1 The Cabinet considered a report by the Director of Children’s Services
33.2 The Cabinet RESOLVED – to approve the closure of Pells CE Primary School, Lewes with effect from 31 August 2017
33.3 The representation period following publication of the statutory notices brought only one response to the proposal to close Pells CE Primary School, Lewes. The response does not bring forward any new information or evidence to suggest the recommendation for closure should be reconsidered. The Cabinet remains concerned about this very vulnerable school in terms of its long term sustainability on the grounds of its capacity to secure and maintain improvements in standards and in the context of declining popularity and financial viability. The Council believes that children will achieve better outcomes if they attend other schools. For the reasons set out in the report and previous reports on this matter, the Cabinet approved the closure of Pells CE Primary School with effect from 31 August 2017.
14.1 The Cabinet considered a report by the Director of Children’s Services.
14.2 It was RESOLVED to approve the publication of statutory notices to close Pells CE Primary School by 31 August 2017.
14.3 Parents, pupils, staff, the Governing Body and the local community are generally against the proposed closure of the school, although a small number of respondents understand the reasons for the Council proposing closure.
14.4 At Full Council it was resolved that the process for closure be halted while emerging plans are put in place. The Council remains very concerned about this vulnerable school and does not believe that a viable option to closure has been presented and that children will achieve better outcomes if they attend other schools.