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New info on WLFS and Ark Conway costs
In addition to the £600M we have heard of for academies/free schools today…some info on WLFS from a FOIA request response posted on the H&F website:
The cost of the school per pupil of WLFS at the temporary site:
On the basis of the capital cost for the temporary location, and a maximum pupil population of 240 on that site, the cost of the school per pupil is £2895.49. Much of this is on equipment that will transfer onto the permanent home at Palingswick House. There has been no direct additional cost to H&F for the Capital or revenue costs for the Free School.
The value of the Palingswick House site;
A disposal valuation of £5.8 million has been determined as representing best consideration reasonably obtainable by the Council, this is in line with the Government “Red Book Valuation” which is common practice as the most fair means of assessment.
And re: ARK Conway:
What is the value of the site the school is situated on?
The site of the former Wormholt Library site was valued at £650,000 in October 2009.
I also learned through a FOIA request that WLFS is indeed required to abide by normal SEN admissions requirements as a part of its Funding Agreement. The response:
” The admissions arrangements for the West London Free School are published on the school’s website at http://www.westlondonfreeschool.co.uk/overview/admissions.html. The school is required by its funding agreement to admit all pupils with a statement of special educational needs naming the Free School. The West London Free School is currently in the process of amending the wording of its admissions policy to ensure that this point is clear. ”
I do hope that no parents of SEN children were put off by the caveat of admitting children naming the school ‘if the school agrees’. The admissions policy for next year has indeed been amended, as WLFS will be part of the normal LA admissions process.