Invitation to submit proposals to establish and operate a new primary academy/free school in Hailsham

Closed 27 Sep 2013

Opened 2 Aug 2013


We would like to invite expressions of interest to be submitted in relation to a proposal to establish a new primary academy/free school on land off Ingrams Way, Hailsham by September 2015.

Why We Are Consulting

Pupil forecasting data shows that there will be an increase in children of primary school age in Hailsham. 3,000 new dwellings are planned for Hailsham in the period to 2027 and a significant amount of this development is underway. As well as leading to a direct impact on pupil places from inward migration, this volume of new housing is also likely to significantly increase future births in the area.

In reception year shortfalls of up to two forms of entry (60 places) are predicted from 2014/15, with longer term shortfalls of up to three forms of entry (90 places) expected in the following decade.

We plan to establish a new one form entry (210 places) primary school on land off Ingram’s Way from September 2015.

The Education Act 2011 changed the arrangements for establishing new schools and introduced section 6A (the academy/free school presumption) to the Education and Inspections Act 2006. Where a Local authority identifies a need for a new school in its area, it must seek proposals to establish the new school as an academy or free school.

Academies and free schools are independent schools not maintained by the Local Authority. However, it remains the Local Authority’s role to plan and secure sufficient school places; therefore it falls to the Local Authority to request proposals from providers who wish to establish and operate the new primary school in Hailsham.

Please see the invitation to submit proposals document below for detailed information about the proposal.

Who makes the final decision and when?

We will assess all proposals received from potential providers and make a recommendation to the DfE on our preferred provider. The Secretary of State will make the final decision on who the approved provider will be.

What Happens Next

The Local Authority has confirmed to the DfE the site it will make available, and that it will provide all capital funding to establish the academy/free school.

The Local Authority is carrying out this period of consultation with groups and organisations that might be interested in establishing a new academy/free school. The consultation sets out the rationale behind the need and indicates the criteria against which proposals will be assessed. The DfE will publish details of the consultation on its website and alert potential providers to the new school’s requirements.

At the end of the consultation period the Local Authority will scrutinise all proposals received and make a judgement on its preferred provider.

A submission will be made to the DfE, which will include all proposals received, with the Local Authority’s preference stated, with reasons for that preference.

The DfE will then further scrutinise each proposal and decide whether the Local Authority’s preference matches with that of the DfE. It will then make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Education who will make the final decision.

Once a decision has been made, it becomes the responsibility of the approved provider to lead on the establishment of the academy/free school.


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