Decision details

Outcome of a Statutory Notice on a proposal to permanently increase learning places at West Oaks SEN Specialist School and College from September 2021

Reference: D52764

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Outcome of Statutory Notice to increase places at West Oaks SEN Specialist School and College utilising the former Rose Court site.


The Director of Children and Families submitted a report presenting the outcomes from the statutory notice regarding a proposal to permanently expand West Oaks Special Educational Needs (SEN) Specialist School and College from 350 to 500 places for children and young people aged 2-19 from September 2021 utilising a site at Buckingham Road, Headingley (formerly known as Rose Court). Additionally, the report also sought a final decision on the proposal.


Members welcomed the proposals detailed within the submitted report.



(a)  That the governing body’s proposal to permanently expand West Oaks SEN Specialist School and College from 350 to 500 places for children and young people aged 2-19 utilising a site on Buckingham Road in Headingley (previously known as Rose Court) with effect from September 2021, be approved;


(b)  That the recommendation to exempt the decisions arising from this report from the Call In process for the reasons as set out in paragraph 4.5.2 of the submitted report, be approved;


(c)  That it be noted that the implementation of the proposal is subject to funding being agreed based upon the outcome of further detailed design work and planning applications, as indicated at section 4.4 of the submitted report, with it also being noted that the proposal has been brought forward in time for places to be delivered for 2021;


(d)  That it be noted that the responsible officer for the implementation of such matters is the Head of Learning Systems.

(The Council’s Executive and Decision Making Procedure Rules state that a decision may be declared as being exempt from the Call In process by the decision taker if it is considered that the matter is urgent and any delay would seriously prejudice the Council’s, or the public’s interests. In line with this, the resolutions contained within this minute were exempted from the Call In process, as per resolution (b) above, and for the reasons as detailed within section 4.5.2 of the submitted report)


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: Headingley and Hyde Park; Little London and Woodhouse;

Portfolio Holder: The Executive Member for Learning, Skills and Employment

Other reasons / organisations consulted

As prescribed by: The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013; updated statutory guidance 2016 and Education Act 2011.


Parents, staff, governors of proposed school,  head teachers of all Leeds schools, Multi Academy Trusts (MATs), Area Inclusion Partnerships, prospective parents via Early Years providers, parent groups, community committees, ward members, MPs, Diocese, respondents to the previous Rose Court consultation and other relevant stakeholders.

Contact: Vivienne Buckland, Head of Learning Systems 0113 37 83588 Email:

Report author: Vivienne Buckland

Publication date: 15/02/2021

Date of decision: 10/02/2021

Decided at meeting: 10/02/2021 - Executive Board

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