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Public consultation on a proposal to close Raine's Foundation School (including plans to expand nearby Oaklands Secondary School, for the transfer of Raine's pupils)

Tower Hamlets Local Authority (LA), the Church of England London Diocesan Board (Diocese) and the Interim Executive Board (IEB), which is currently providing governance for Raine’s Foundation School, are considering the school’s closure from the 31 August 2020, as part of a proposed merger with nearby Oaklands School. It is being put forward in consideration of the following:

  • the low and falling number of pupils attending Raine’s 
  • the financial implications for the school
  • the need to continue to provide high quality education for Raine’s pupils
  • the strong performance and capacity of Oaklands School.

In reaching this stage the LA, along with the IEB and Diocese, have explored a number of alternative options to maintain the school, but none have proven to be feasible. The consultation document provides details of the alternative options explored and the reasons why these are not considered to be possible.  

The LA is therefore seeking the views of all interested parties on the proposal to close Raine’s School as part of its merger with Oaklands School with effect from 31 August 2020.

You can read the consultation document which shares information on the following key areas:

  • the background to this proposal including;  school standards and the impact on the pupil roll
  • the changes to the school’s governance and leadership and the support provided by the LA
  • the alternative options explored
  • the school’s financial position and sustainability
  • what this will mean for pupils, parents and staff
  • the legal process and key dates.

While this is a consultation on a proposal to close Raine’s School, it also includes plans to expand nearby Oakland’s School, for the transfer of Raine’s pupils. Other options have been considered, and your views and opinion on other potential options to secure the future of Raine’s School and/or its pupils are welcome.

The process to close Raine’s School as part of its merger with Oaklands School will involve six steps.

Step one

Consultation (June – July 2019)

on the proposal to close Raine’s School as part of its amalgamation with Oaklands School. 

Step two

Decision (September 2019)

The consultation will inform the decision by council in September 2019 on whether or not to issue a statutory notice.

Step three

Publication* (Nov 2019)

publishing of a statutory notice and proposal to close Raine’s School as part of its merger with Oaklands School.

Step four

Representation (Nov – Dec 2019) 

Period for further responses to the proposal in the statutory notice.

Step five

Decision* (Feb 2020)

To be taken by council following the representation period.

Step six

Implementation* (Mar – Aug 2020)

If the decision is taken to close Raine’s as part of its amalgamation with Oaklands School.

*These stages will apply only if the proposal is approved by the council.

 

Have your say

The consultation period will run from Monday 10 June to Wednesday 24 July 2019

You are invited to respond to this consultation by completing the feedback form online.

Please take the time to read through the consultation document before submitting your comments.

 Give your feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your comments to school.organisation@towerhamlets.gov.uk or write to the following address by Wednesday 24 July 2019

School Organisation and Place Planning Manager
Tower Hamlets Children’s Services
Town Hall
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
E14 5BG

All comments received through these channels or made directly to council officers or members will be collected and included in the analysis of feedback received. 

The council handles information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 2018 and is the data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018. 

Your answers to this consultation will only be used to assess the community’s view of the proposed closure of Raine’s and the proposed expansion of Oaklands School and not for any other purpose. For more information read the privacy notice for pupil services.

If you would like to discuss the proposal you can contact Terry Bryan, Head of Pupil Services and School Sufficiency at the LA on 020 7364 4304. You can also contact the Chair of the Joint governing body Steering Group, which has been established to lead the consultation with both school communities and undertake the necessary detailed work so that the governing bodies can make their recommendations to the LA, steeringgroup@rainesfoundation.org.uk

They will either be able to discuss your particular matters directly, or make sure you can speak to the most appropriate person to support you.

At this stage no decision on the closure of Raine’s School as part of an amalgamation with Oaklands School has been made, and all the views received, either at the meetings or separately in writing, will be considered prior to a decision being taken as to whether to go ahead with the proposal.

Public meetings

The following public meetings have been arranged for any who wish to attend:

Time and date

6pm, 19 June 2019

Location

Oaklands School
Old Bethnal Green Road
Bethnal Green
E2 6PR

 

Time and date

6pm, 26 June 2019

Location

Raine’s Foundation Secondary School
Approach Road
Bethnal Green
E2 ELY

 

A summary of the legal process to be followed is included in the consultation document and more information on the process can be found on GOV.UK.

Timetable for the consultation, decision making and implementation process

Date

Activity

10 June 2019

Consultation commences

19 June 2019

Public meeting for parents, carers, staff and the local community to be held at 6pm at Oaklands School, Old Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, E2 6PR.

25 June 2019

The proposal will also be considered as part of the Children and Education Overview and Scrutiny Sub-Committee on Tuesday 25 June 2019. The meeting is open to the public to attend and the agenda will be published one week in advance of the meeting. For more information please visit the scrutiny page.

For more information on the scrutiny function of this committee please contact Elizabeth Freer (Strategy and Policy Manager, Children and Culture):

Elizabeth.Freer@towerhamlets.gov.uk

26 June 2019

Public meeting for parents, carers, staff and the local community to be held at 6pm at Raine’s Foundation School, Approach Road, Bethnal Green, E2 ELY.

Other meetings will also be held during the consultation, specifically for staff and for parents, and they will receive information about these meetings directly.

24 July 2019

End of consultation period

July/August 2019

Report prepared for council

September 2019

Decision by the council on whether to publish a Statutory Notice and proposals to close Raine’s Foundation School as part of its amalgamation with Oaklands School.

October 2019

Statutory Notice and Proposals drafted* (if decision above is to proceed with the closure process) and start of the formal representation period.)

4 November 2019

Publication of Statutory Notice and proposals

20 December 2019

End of statutory period for representations and final date for responses to the proposal.

January 2020

Report prepared for Council Cabinet

February 2020

Decision taken by the council on the closure of Raine’s Foundation School as part of its amalgamation with Oaklands School*

31 August 2020

Raine’s Foundation School closes as part its amalgamation with Oaklands School*

 *These stages will apply only if the proposal is approved by the council