The Cabinet considered a joint report of the Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services and Corporate Director of Resources that outlined a course of action that could be taken by the council to ensure the provision of a sustainable education offer for pupils attending Durham Community Business College (DCBC), avoiding closure of the school and the significant pressure this would place upon the Durham Central planning area (for copy of report, see file of minutes).
In moving the report Councillor T Henderson, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People’s Services explained that the proposal would see the school join a multi academy trust. The Department for Education was supportive of the proposal and the Council were committed in providing additional financial assistance for the school building and to support the transfer which would benefit the children and the community.
Councillor R Bell, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance explained that the pressure on school places meant that capacity was needed. The school would go from strength-to-strength post transfer.
That the recommendations in the report be approved.