Decision details

Expansion of Meadow High School

Decision Maker: CABINET

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes




That the Cabinet:


1.     Agree to progress with the expansion of Meadow High School through the creation of a satellite unit at the unused boarding block at Harefield Academy and the construction of a new classroom block at Meadow High School.


2.     Agree to delegate all future decisions required to facilitate the expansion of Meadow High School to the Leader of the Council, Cabinet Member for Property & Infrastructure and other relevant Cabinet Members, in consultation with the Corporate Director of Place.


Reasons for decision


Cabinet agreed to the expansion of Meadow High School, via a new satellite unit at Harefield Academy, to ensure the provision of increased special school places for pupils in the Borough.


The Cabinet Member for Families, Education & Wellbeing informed the Cabinet that Meadow High School was the largest special school in the Borough and that after these works, there would be a net gain of 98 places for children with special educational needs over the two site, of which the proposal also had the support of the relevant governing bodies.


The Leader of the Council highlighted the important link of this matter to the Council’s recent Safety Valve Agreement with the DfE and the provision of additional school places to educate children closer to their home.


Alternative options considered and rejected


Cabinet could have decided not to progress the proposal and make increased the use of independent and non-maintained school sectors which were more costly.


Relevant Select Committee

Corporate, Finance & Property

Expiry date for any scrutiny call-in / date decision can be implemented (if no call-in)

5pm, Friday 1 April 2022

Officer(s) to action

Bobby Finch






The report and any background papers relating to this decision by the Cabinet are available to view on the Council's website or by visiting the Civic Centre, Uxbridge.



Publication date: 25/03/2022

Date of decision: 24/03/2022

Decided at meeting: 24/03/2022 - CABINET

Effective from: 02/04/2022

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