Decision details

Lowering the age range of Barrowcliff Community Primary School to 2-11

Decision Maker: Chief Executive Officer

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval to publish statutory notices to lower the school age range of Barrowcliff Community Primary School from January 2022


The Chief Executive Officer considered the report presented at the informal meeting of Executive Members held on 21 September 2021. Having taken account of the comments made by Executive Members and all relevant information provided at the meeting, he approved:
•the publication of the proposals and statutory notices on 1st October 2021, to lower the school age range of Barrowcliff Community Primary School from 1 January 2022
•A final decision on the proposals be scheduled for the Executive meeting on 23 November 2021
This decision was taken in consultation with Executive Members.

Reasons for the decision:

Under his delegated decision making powers in the Officers’ Delegation Scheme in the Council’s Constitution, the Chief Executive Officer has power, in cases of emergency, to take any decision which could be taken by the Council, the Executive or a committee.
Following on from the expiry of the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the 2020 Regulations”), which allowed for committee meetings to be held remotely, the County Council resolved at its meeting on 5 May 2021 that, for the present time, in light of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic circumstances, remote live-broadcast committee meetings should continue (as informal meetings of the Committee Members), with any formal decisions required being taken by the Chief Executive Officer under his emergency decision making powers and after consultation with other Officers and Members as appropriate and after taking into account any views of the relevant Committee Members and all relevant information. This approach was reviewed in July and will be further reviewed in September 2021.
The Chief Executive Officer took all relevant information into account in exercising his emergency delegated powers in this matter, including considering the views of the Executive Members and made the decisions set out above for the reasons set out in the body of the report – see report attached.

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 24/09/2021

Date of decision: 21/09/2021

Effective from: 02/10/2021