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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans for the young people of our Borough

School place planning


School place planning is a critical aspect of our statutory duty to assess the local need for school places to ensure that every child can be provided with a place in a state-funded school in the Stockton Borough.

Local Authorities need to demonstrate that they have robust procedures and systems for forecasting pupil numbers taking account of changes in local circumstances to ensure there will be the right number of schools in the right places for the number of pupils expected in the future.

A School Organisation Plan (SOP) aims to provide an overview of current and future pupil numbers which supports planning the pattern and provision of school places across the borough. It will be produced every two years and be made available to our schools and partners.

An updated SOP document will be made available to schools and key stakeholders every two years once a review is complete. Schools are encouraged to play an active role in the planning of pupil place process and to identify at an early stage any concerns with projections that may impact on future school planning.

The plan also sets out our policies and key aims on school organisation and the procedures required by law for making changes such as opening, closing or enlarging schools.

A strategic group meets regularly and uses the data supporting the SOP to make school place planning decisions. These include increasing school level Published Admission Numbers (PAN's) in response to predicted demand for places and the allocation of Capital monies to those schools deemed the most appropriate following feasibility options work.

This SOP should be read in conjunction with any Capital Papers to Cabinet on future Capital Plans for support and the allocation of appropriate funding.

For additional information about our school place planning contact the Admissions, Placements and Commissioning Manager by email: [email protected] or by telephone: 01642 526415.


School Organisation - Statutory Notices and Consultation

When the council or school governing body plans to make a significant change to the organisation of a school, a statutory notice must be published to enable members of the public to object to or make comments on the proposed changes.

A significant change might include opening a new school, closing a school or expanding a school.


Current Consultations 

Statutory Proposal to increase school places at Northfield School

The local authority has experienced an increase in demand for places in the school and this has been reflected in the admissions of Year 7 pupils in particular in September 2016 and 2017.

Given the current number of children on role and future trends, we propose that the size of the school should be set to accommodate up to a maximum of 1650 pupils. We believe that this additional capacity of 300 places will enable us to meet the requirements of children within this planning area and the Borough alike.

In order to accommodate the increase in student numbers we propose that a separate Year 7 School building be built on site. This will allow up to 330 Year 7 students to be educated in the new part of the school from September 2018 onwards. This will help reduce congestion currently experienced across the whole school site, improve teaching facilities, support primary children as they transition into secondary, shorten dining waiting times and increase parking on site.

Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council invites you to comment upon the proposal to increase the number of school places at Northfield School from 1350 to 1650 to accommodate the increase in demand of children.


Below are the documents regarding the proposal to increase the number of school places at Northfield School:

This consultation has now closed.