School Organisation Hunters Hill College

Closed 10 Dec 2020

Opened 12 Nov 2020

Feedback updated 4 Feb 2021

We asked

For your comments on the Council's proposal to close Hunters Hill College.

You said

We received 59 responses via BeHeard.

Of the 59 responses via BeHeard:

12 were in favour and 47 were opposed to the proposal.

We did

All comments received (redacted) were sent along with a report to Birmingham City Council's Cabinet who are the decision makers for this proposal.

The proposal to close Hunters Hill College was approve by Cabinet in a meeting  held on 19th January 2021.

As part of Birmingham City Council's constitution, following any decision, there is a 4 day "call in" period, whereby any of Birmingham City Council's Councillors may request that any decision be called in for further scrutiny and ultimately be referred back to Cabinet for further consideration of the decision made.

These call in requests are considered by Overview and Scrutiny Committees.

The decision to close Hunters Hill College was subsequently called  in.

Education and Children's Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee met on 3rd February 2021 to consider whether the proposal should be referred back to Cabinet for consideration of the decision.

The Committee, agreed for the original decision to stand.

Birmingham City Council, as the Local Authority, in exercise of the powers conferred on it, has determined to implement the proposal, as detailed to;

Discontinue Hunters Hill College with effect from 31st August 2021

Thank you for for all who took time to respond to this consultation,  it is greatly appreciated.

 

Overview

Proposal to Close Hunters Hill College

Hunters Hill College is a Birmingham community special school located outside the City boundary in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. 

The School can currently offer up to 135 places for pupils aged 11- 16 years who have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) for Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH). 

Birmingham City Council has been exploring the options for the future of Hunters Hill College as a direct result of the outcome of the OfSTED inspection carried out in 2019 and the subsequent Directive Academy Order issued by the Secretary of State.  

In addition, the pupil numbers have been reducing and the condition of the buildings remains poor with some being beyond economical repair. These factors have had a significant impact on the financial viability of the school.  

Birmingham City Council as the Local Authority for Birmingham  is consulting on the following proposal;

Closure of Hunters Hill College with effect from 31st August 2021.

Why we are consulting

There are two parts to the School Organisation consultation process.

The first one is the pre-publication consultation. Birmingham City Council  carried out an extensive 17 week pre-publication consultation between 22nd  June 2020 and 16th October 2020 with parents, carers, staff and other stakeholders.

During the first  part of the School Organisation consultation process we received 153 responses, of which; 54 were in favour, 89 were opposed  and 10 didn’t know or didn’t state a preference.

 We would like to thank all those parents, staff and other stakeholders, who sent us their views and comments.   

Birmingham City Council has now considered all comments and has decided to move to the second part of the School Organisation consultation  process for this proposal,  which is the formal consultation, also known as representation stage.

 The second part of public consultation on this proposal will start on 

12th November 2020 and will run until 10h December 2020 (4weeks).  

Birmingham City Council would like to give all parents and all interested parties the opportunity to comment on the proposal.

Full details of the proposal and how to make comments are explained in the document below.

We are keen to receive your comments on the proposal and you can comment online here until to 10th December 2020.

What happens next

This is the second part of the consultation process and is know as the  representation stage. This will start on 12th November 2020 and will run for 4 weeks until 10th December 2020.

If you wish to make your views known to the decision makers it is important that you submit these during this formal consultation period in writing even if you commented previously. Comments from part 1 of the consultation (pre-publication) were for consideration by the Local Authority and will not be included in the final report for the decision makers. 

During this time anyone who wishes to make comments/objections about this proposal should do so via this survey.

 

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