Decision details

*Republished - no longer subject to call in* Bid for a special free school in the Selby area

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Education and Skills, including early years, schools, apprenticeships, FE colleges & UTC`s, and engagement with the skills agenda of the LEP

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


To approve the submission of a bid to the Department for Education under the current wave of bids for Special or Alternate Provision free schools.

Reasons for the decision:

PLEASE NOTE This decision was originally published on or near the date of the decision and so call in no longer applies. It has been re-published as part of the change in committee management system that we use.

The LA has a statutory responsibility under the Children and Families Act 2014 to keep its special educational provision under review, to ensure sufficiency in placements to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). In order to meet this responsibility, the LA has developed the Strategic Plan for SEND Education provision 0-25 (the Strategic Plan) which was approved by The Executive on 4th September 2018. Work to implement the actions in the Strategic Plan has now begun. A key action in the Strategic Plan is to make a bid for a special free school in the Selby area.

The DfE announced the new wave of bids for special or AP free schools in July 2018. The DfE wants to use this wave of bids to establish new schools that fit within LAs’ strategies for children and young people with SEND, so that the new free schools that are opened will best meet the needs of children and young people and they can achieve better outcomes. The bid for a special free school in the Selby area is a key action in the Strategic Plan.

Bids must be submitted to the DfE by midday on 15th October 2018. If a LA’s bid is approved, in early 2019, the DfE will invite applications to find a trust to open the school.

Publication date: 30/04/2021

Date of decision: 25/09/2018