This information outlines Bromley Council’s case for the change of age-range at Worsley Bridge Junior School and how you can respond to the consultation. The deadline for responses is Friday, 15 February 2013.
The Governors of Worsley Bridge 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 Worsley Bridge Junior and Bromley Road Infant, 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 a need for the replacement/modification of out-buildings and/or modular build to create the necessary accommodation for infant aged children.
The proposal for Worsley Bridge Junior School is to restructure the school from a 3 Forms of Entry Junior to a 2 Forms of Entry Primary School from September 2014.
A form of entry is equal to a class of 30 pupils in each year group, so 2 forms of entry are equal to 60 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. Worsley Bridge already has Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 classes. Under this proposal, the School would grow year to year, rather than all in one go, so that two Reception classes would be added in September 2014, two Year 1 classes in September 2015 and two Year 2 classes in September 2016.
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
||Education PH Meeting to consider any objections
||Any objections to be considered by the School Adjudicator
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 eviews and comments on our proposal. You can respond to this consultation in the following ways:
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 5.00pm, 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 Bromley Road Infant School from a 3 forms of entry Infant School to a 1 form of entry Primary School. Details of this consultation can be found here.