Issue details

Pupil Place Planning Phase 2

The purpose of the report is to outline the recommendations arising out of phase 2 of the pupil place planning review.


In March 2021, this Committee endorsed the Pupil Place Planning Strategy 2021 -2026. This Strategy set out a planned framework for the review of school places in both primary and secondary mainstream schools over the next 5 years.


Phase 2 of the primary phase of the review commenced in October 2022 looking at small planning areas in and around South Wirral, specifically: Bebington, Bromborough, Eastham, Spital and Thornton Hough. A detailed review framework and process has been undertaken and has included information gathering, stakeholder discussion. This has culminated in the recommendations presented within the report.


Recommendations relating to schools controlled under the auspices of both the Diocese of Chester – Church of England, and the Diocese of Shrewsbury – Roman Catholic, have been presented, discussed, and approved as well as proposals relating to Academy Trusts. This has demonstrated the strength in partnership working and collaboration across the education sector which will be harnessed as the parties progress as a local education partnership.


Fundamental to the work has been adherence to the principles outlined. These are the drivers for change and are intrinsically aligned to the ‘Brighter Futures’ priority in the Wirral Plan 2026. The work has already been captured as a strategic driver within the Plan and this report and recommendations form part of its delivery.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Significant people impact;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 02/08/2023

Decision due: 25 Sep 2023 by Children, Young People & Education Committee

Lead director: Director of Children, Families and Education

Contact: James Backhouse Email:, Colleen Halpin, PA to Interim Director for Children's Services Email:


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  • Pupil Place Planning Phase 2