Decision details

Hayesfield Girls' School Capital Expansion Project

Decision Maker: Corporate Director (People)

Decision status: Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Council retains the legal responsibility for pupil place planning and has a statutory duty (under section 14 of the Education Act 1996) to provide sufficient school places in its area. In order to achieve this the Council's priority is to ensure there is sufficient provision of school places in the right areas to meet need. These places can be delivered within community, academy, free school, voluntary controlled and voluntary aided schools.

Hayesfield Girls' School will carry out a capital project to extend their dining facilities and refectory area. The project will enable the School to permanently increase their Planned Admission Number from September 2019. The increase in pupil numbers at Hayesfield Girls' School will enable the Council (as part of the phased approach to increase secondary provision across Bath) to meet the shortfall of places.


To fully approve capital amounting to £388,000 from the 2019-20 provisional capital programme item Schools Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for Education in Bath. Funding to be allocated to Hayesfield Girls' School to carry out a capital project and permanently increase their Planned Admission Number (PAN) from 210 to 240 from September 2019.

Alternative options considered:

Following consultation with the six Bath Secondary Schools bids were invited to provide additional pupil places supported by capital funding. Options were considered deliverable as part of a phased approach and Hayesfield Girls' School was one of these.
Failure to provide sufficient places in the right areas will result in the Council failing in its statutory duty; parents and children being required to travel out of their locality to attend another school; increased transport (revenue) costs and schools being unable to take local children.

Publication date: 05/03/2019

Date of decision: 05/03/2019