Decision details

Accessibility works at St Mary's CE Primary School, Fownhope and Shobdon Primary School.

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes



To approve the proposed expenditure of up to £150k from the schools accessibility works 2021/22 budget to create a hygiene room at St Mary's CE Primary School, Fownhope and a changing space at Shobdon Primary School.


The schools accessibility works budget is intended for any accessibility improvement works identified to enable children with special educational needs to attend schools.





a)    The Assistant Director Education Development and Skills be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary to implement the schemes at St Mary’s CE Primary School and Shobdon Primary School within the approved schools accessibility works budget of up to £150k.


Alternative options considered:



1.             Do nothing. This option is not recommended. The council would fail in its statutory duty to place children with special educational needs and / or disabilities in schools.

2.             Children are required to attend different schools. There is a statutory process which requires the council to arrange the admission of a child with a disability or an education health and care plan to the parent / carers preferred school, unless it can be shown that to do so would prejudice other children or it would be unreasonable to do so. The excessive financial cost of making adaptations could be considered unreasonable.


Wards Affected: Arrow; Backbury;

Contact: Philip Huggett, Special projects officer Email: Tel: 01432 260018, Karen Knight, Sufficiency Planning and Capital Investment Manager Email: Tel: 01432 383042.

Publication date: 02/09/2021

Date of decision: 02/09/2021

Effective from: 09/09/2021

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