This information outlines Bromley Council’s case for the change of age-range at Bromley Road Infant School and how you can respond to the consultation. The deadline for responses is Friday, 15 February 2013.
The Governors of Bromley Road have stated that they wish to review the future organisation of the School. In addition to this, Bromley Council has a duty to ensure that there are sufficient school places available for all children. The Council must also ensure that the size, location, organisation and number of pupil places deliver best value in the use of public funding. You can view the relevant Report ‘Review of Primary School Development Plan: Outcomes’ on Bromley Council’s website at: www.bromley.gov.uk/consultation.
Following discussion with the Governing Bodies of Bromley Road Infant and Worsley Bridge Junior the Council is consulting on changing these linked Infant/Junior Schools to two separate all‑through Primary Schools. The potential advantages of an all through primary school include:
- strengthened leadership and management across key stages;
- consistency of policy and planning;
- continuity of curriculum organisation and teaching and learning across key stages;
- continuity in pupil assessment and pupil tracking;
- staffing, the efficient deployment of expertise and curriculum range, enhanced opportunities for professional development;
- consistent governance.
A review of the School site and an initial assessment of essential works has indicated that there would be the potential for:
- A modified School access
- Multi-use games area
- Minor decoration and necessary adaptations to ensure facilities are appropriate for junior age children
The proposal for Bromley Road Infant School is to restructure the school from a 3 Forms of Entry Infant to a 1 Form of Entry Primary School from September 2014.
A form of entry is equal to a class of 30 pupils in each year group, so 1 form of entry is equal to 30 pupils in each year group. A Primary School has 7 year groups, running from Reception for the youngest children to Year 6 for the oldest children. Bromley Road already has Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. Under this proposal, the School would grow year to year, rather than all in one go, so that a Year 3 class would be added in September 2014, a Year 4 class in Sept 2015, a Year 5 class in 2016 and finally a Year 6 class in September 2017.
A change to the age range of a school is a prescribed alteration and therefore there is a required consultation and decision making process:
|6 November 2012:||Report to Education Portfolio Holder (PH) requesting authorisation to consult|
|11 January – 15 February 2013:||Consultation with all interested parties|
|19 March 2013:||Outcomes form Consultation considered by Education PH and decision on proposal made|
|If proposal approved:|
|Late Spring 2013:||Publication of Notice and Statement of Case|
|Summer 2013:||Education PH Meeting to consider any objections|
|Summer 2013:||Any objections to be considered by the School Adjudicator|
|September 2014:||Implement Proposal|
The outcomes from consultation will be reported to the Education Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee on 19 March 2013 – this is a public meeting which starts at 7pm.
We would welcome your views and comments on our proposal. You can respond to this consultation in the following ways:
- Complete SurveyMonkey, which you can find on Bromley Council’s website at: www.bromley.gov.uk/consultation.
- Download and complete the form (Circular 005-13_Consultation_Bromley Road Infant School) and return to Bromley Council (quoting Freepost MB1140)
- Write directly to Kevin Gerred at Bromley Council, BR1 3UH (quoting Freepost MB1140)
- Email Bromley Council at: firstname.lastname@example.org
When responding please give your name and address and clarify in what capacity you are responding, e.g. Head Teacher – this will help with the analysis of responses.
A telephone helpline has been set up on 020 8313 4088 and is staffed between 8:30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Telephone the helpline if you require large print, audio or Braille versions of this letter, or you require language translation services.
While all responses will be acknowledged, it will not be possible for us to enter into correspondence with individual respondents. However, Bromley Council’s website will be updated with information as the consultation progresses.
Views and comments received will be summarised in the consultation outcomes report to the Education Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee on 19 March 2013. This will be available to view on the Council’s website a week before the meeting. Information provided in response to this consultation will be published in accordance with access to information regimes including the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
We look forward to receiving your views and comments. The closing date for receipt of responses is Friday, 15 February 2013.
Please note that at the same time as this consultation, Bromley Council will be consulting on a proposal to restructure Worsley Bridge Junior School from a 3 forms of entry Junior School to a 2 forms of entry Primary School. Details of this consultation can be found on here