Proposal on the principle of increasing capacity at Hillmorton Primary School

** THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED **

 

This is to advise you of proposals concerning Hillmorton Primary School and to invite you to tell us what you think of the proposals.  This is part of a statutory consultation process that Warwickshire County Council is managing in partnership with the Governing Body.  The proposal is:

1)    To increase the capacity at Hillmorton Primary School from 1 form of entry to 2 forms of entry from September 2017. The published admission number (PAN) will increase from 30 to 60, meaning the overall capacity of the school will eventually rise to 420 pupils.

Why Change?

The Strategic Planning Team reviewed options for the future development of the schools in the area and the decision was taken to start consultation on a formal basis.

The proposed increase in capacity at Hillmorton Primary is related to the general rise in the population of primary aged pupils living in the area, which is the result of the higher birth rate, new housing developments and inward migration being experienced by the County as a whole.

Recent data demonstrate a 29.3% increase in the number of children starting school in Rugby over the past 8 years, and the County Council has a statutory obligation to provide sufficient school places for all pupils.  Current projections indicate that additional capacity will be required and it is proposed that extra places are provided at Hillmorton Primary School.  Hillmorton Primary School already has a ‘bulge class’ in reception which will carry on through the school until leaving the end of Year 6. The school has already agreed to take another bulge class in September 2016 due to local demand. These proposals would see the school take in two Reception classes every year on a formal basis.

Hillmorton Primary School already has a ‘bulge class’ in reception which will carry on through the school until leaving the end of Year 6. The school has agreed to take another bulge class in September 2016 due to local demand. These proposals would see the school take in two Reception classes every year on a formal basis.

Building consequences

This letter concerns the statutory process of increasing the capacity from 210 to 420.  Clearly this will require changes and extensions to the existing school building. However, this will be subject to a separate process of consultation once plans have been fully developed. This process will be linked to the submission of an application for planning permission.

What is the proposed timetable?

  • 23rd November – 23rd December 2015: Consultation with parent and the local community to take into account the views expressed regarding the proposals to increase in capacity.
  • 26th January 2016: The County Council’s Cabinet will review the feedback from the consultation and decide whether or not to proceed to the next stage of the process, which would be the publication of statutory notices.
  • 8th February 2016: If Cabinet agrees to proceed; the next stage of the process is the issue of a Public Notice triggering a formal period of representation of four weeks. Further responses to the proposals can be made during this time.
  • At the end of this period of representation, the Cabinet will make the final decision on the proposals and confirm whether the proposed changes can proceed. These decisions are scheduled for the Cabinet meeting on 14th April 2016.

 

If the Cabinet agree to the proposals, the decision will begin to be implemented from May 2016 with the expansion being completed in time for the new intake in September 2017.

Have Your Say…

As an integral part of this process, we are inviting you to take part in this consultation. We welcome your views on the proposed changes raised and all viewpoints will be taken into account before deciding to publish formal proposals. Feedback can be given in the following ways;

Via our on-line survey 

Please click HERE to access our survey.

or in writing, sending it to:

Sarah Mills, Service Manager Access & Organisation

Building 3, Saltisford Office Park

Ansell Way

Warwick

CV34 4UL

or via E-mail:

consultations@warwickshire.gov.uk

This initial consultation is running from 23rd November 2015 to 23rd December 2015. 

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