School Organisation

This page details the current status of school reviews being carried out in Doncaster with relevant downloadable documents, ways of commenting on the proposals, and results of those reviews that have been completed.


The School Organisation service has responsibility for pupil place planning within the Doncaster area, including publicity, consultations and the results of these.

The importance of school organisation arrangements are crucial to supporting the achievement of effective outcomes for children and young people. We focus resources on children and high quality education. There are a number of factors operating within Doncaster that have an impact on school places. These include school performance and pupil attainment, surplus places, changing population, pupil mobility and the development of academies.

Learning Provision Organisation Board

The Learning Provision and Organisation Board has been established to improve outcomes for all children by building strong partnerships, working effectively together, and providing rigorous and regular performance management.

The Board’s primary role is to ensure the effective delivery of the Learning Provision and Organisation Strategy. The Board will provide strategic direction and challenge for:

  • The Review of Education Places including Early Years
  • The Capital Strategy
  • Monitoring the Capital Programme (Delivery & Approval)
  • Establish a protocol for allocation of funds from the safeguarding and access capital provision budget
  • Monitor the allocation of the funds from the safeguarding and access capital provision budget
  • The identification and application of Funding Opportunities
  • School Organisation – Responding positively to national developments such as Academisation
  • Section 106 Capital
  • Partnership Development
  • Working together with Schools
  • Developing appropriate settings for those with Additional Needs
  • Ensuring that appropriate environments are in place for supporting those with Behaviour Needs.
The Organisation of Learning Provision in Doncaster December 2017 (Strategy Document)
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LPOB Terms of Reference and Membership
Download (261KB - PDF)

Next Meeting:

24 January 2018
Agenda 24 01 2018 LPOB
Download (214KB - PDF)

Previous Meetings:

09 November 2017

Minutes 09.11.17
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Agenda 09.11.17 LPOB
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26 September 2017

Minutes of LPOB 26.09.17
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Agenda 260917 First Meeting of the LPOB
Download (197KB - PDF)

Safeguarding and Access Funding

The Department for Education / Secretary of State has approved the establishment of a central Schools Block DSG budget for use on the following:-

  • Access;
  • Safeguarding

£1m has been allocated as part of the Safeguarding and Access Capital Provision to deliver learning environment improvements within Schools, Academies, PRUs and Learning Centres.  It is intended that the funding will be allocated over a 3 year period with a full review and progress report supplied to School Forum in July 2018.

Schools Forum have agreed the process by which funding can be allocated and have stipulated that in all cases a 10% contribution will be required towards any project.  Schools with a surplus budget of over 12% will not be allocated funding unless they are able to demonstrate that any surplus has already been allocated. 

The Learning Provision Organisation Board (LPOB), established from September 2017 with representation from Schools and Academies has been delegated the responsibility to assess requests and allocate funds.  Requests will be prioritised fairly in response to need.  The focus will be on capital projects and not repairs and maintenance. 

Safeguarding and Access Funding Application Form - Round 2
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Safeguarding and Access Fund Guidance - Round 2
Download (168KB - PDF)
Doncaster Council has today released further details about the Special School for Communication and Interaction special educational needs that will be established in Doncaster. 

The school will primarily be for children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically high functioning ASD and Asperger’s. This cohort may also have social, emotional and mental health needs and specific learning difficulties.

Working with the Department for Education, the new school is envisaged to be on the Hungerhill Enterprise Park site. This school would have places for 100 children and young people, 80 of which would be filled by the council, with the remaining 20 offered to neighbouring authorities. 

The school will be closely associated with another secondary school to enable pupils to access a mainstream curriculum where this is appropriate. The Department for Education has today announced the creation of 1,600 new special free school places across England, made up of a total of 19 new schools. 

Cllr Nuala Fennelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to provide our young people and those across South Yorkshire, who have special educational needs and disabilities with the kind of education and support they deserve. We need to have a broad range of provision to meet the needs of all young people to ensure that they have the opportunity to make good progress. This schools programme also helps us deliver innovation, choice and higher standards for parents and carers. 

“We have worked with the Department for Education to develop the specifications that must be met by potential operators when applying to run the school. It is vital that these specifications address the need for additional SEND provision in Doncaster, which is why they have been so carefully put together.

For more information visit:

You can find the guidance and application forms on how to set up a new special free school, and the criteria new school proposers must demonstrate using the link below.

If you would like any further information or would like to discuss your application in the first instance, please contact:

Jane Mills
Role: Commissioning Manager - Planning and Marketing Development
Tel: 01302 735166

Angela Harrington
Role: Commissioning Manager - Design and Delivery 
Tel: 01302 862676

Statutory Notices

No current notices in place.

Archive of Statutory Notices
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NEW 2017 Academisation Toolkit

Follow this link to the new Academisation Toolkit.

Academisation Toolkit

NEW Childcare Sustainability Toolkit

Follow this link to access the new Childcare Sustainability Toolkit



Last updated: 15 January 2018 14:22:53