A forum is being established by Taunton Deane Borough Council to see how community benefits from independent schools – including Wellington School – in Taunton Deane could be increased.
The schools have already indicated a willingness to engage with the Council to explore areas that might extend the benefits they currently deliver.
The Council agreed this week to set up the forum of four Members (two Conservatives, one Liberal Democrat, one Independent or Labour) which will meet at least every six months to review progress and receive ideas from the wider membership of Taunton Deane Borough Council.
An original motion proposed by Councillor Steve Ross and seconded by Councillor Libby Lisgo had sought to establish a voluntary agreement between the independent schools, who receive Business Rates Relief, and the Council to jointly deliver and demonstrate their local charitable public benefit.
An amendment to the Motion was moved by the Leader, Councillor John Williams and seconded by Executive Councillor Terry Beale who felt that while the aspirations deserved praise, implementing them would place an unacceptable workload on officers.
The amendment which also recognised the key role of independent schools in Taunton Deane’s growth and applauded the enormous part they play in the local economy, was approved by Council.
Henry Price, Head of Wellington School, was asked for his response but has not yet commented on the motion.