4th September 2017
Re: Proposed Expansion of Aldersley High School
As you will be aware, levels of demand for secondary phase educational provision across the City of Wolverhampton are expected to increase significantly in the short to medium term. To ensure the continued sufficiency of provision, representatives of the City of Wolverhampton Council are working closely with schools and partners, including our Trust, to explore opportunities to expand the capacity of the secondary estate.
Secondary School Expansion Programme 2017-2019
The Cabinet of the City of Wolverhampton Council approved the formal proposal of schemes included within the Secondary School Expansion Programme 2017-2019.
It is proposed that Aldersley High School is permanently expanded to enable the academy to cater for up to 1,350 students. The Academy will provide 180 Year 7 places in 2017/18 and it is proposed that with effect from 2018/19 and beyond the Academy offers 210 Year 7 places. In addition, it is suggested that post-16 capacity is increased from 150 to 300 to support the Trust’s aspiration to enable post 16 students from across the Amethyst Trust to be taught at Aldersley High School.
In partnership with academy representatives a high-level feasibility assessment has recently been undertaken which suggests that significant refurbishment works would be required to support this proposal including the refurbishment and introduction of a mezzanine level within the unused swimming pool facility and the creation of new teaching and support spaces within existing accommodation.
Local authorities are under a statutory duty to ensure the sufficiency of school places in their area. In line with this requirement, the City of Wolverhampton Council recognises that it would ultimately need to support the capital requirements of expansion schemes proposed as part of the Secondary School Expansion Programme 2017-2019.
Decision Making Process:
Initial consultation on the proposed expansion of Aldersley High School will commence on September 5th and will run until October 5th 2017. Following consideration of the outcome of this period of consultation, the Amethyst Trust Board will determine whether or not to proceed to submit the proposal to the Regional School Commissioner as ultimately it is their decision as to whether to proceed.
Amethyst Academies Trust welcomes any comments you may wish to make on the proposed expansion of Aldersley High School. You can offer your opinions by writing to myself and returning it to the following address:
Aldersley High School
Please note that the deadline for responses is 5th October 2017. All comments received will help the Trust and the Council to make a decision on the proposed expansion.