Consultation on the proposal to increase capacity at Newdigate Primary School

Introduction

This consultation is being undertaken to advise you of proposals concerning Newdigate 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:

  • To increase the capacity at Newdigate Primary School from 315 pupils to 420 pupils (1.5 forms of entry to 2 forms of entry). The published admission number (PAN) will increase from 45 to 60, meaning the school will grow by 105 pupils across all year groups.

Why Change?

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

The schools across the planning area have been operating with between -3 and 3% surplus capacity over the last 3 years of intake.  The County Council has a statutory obligation to provide sufficient school places for all pupils and current projections indicate that additional capacity will be required in the area in the forthcoming years.  With Newdigate Primary School already taking several ‘bulge classes’, it is proposed that extra permanent places are provided at the school enabling the school to operate at two forms of entry on a formal basis.  Increasing the PAN to 60 will mean the school can operate as a 2 form entry primary school and there will not be a need to ‘mix classes’.

Building consequences

This letter concerns the statutory process of increasing the capacity from 315 to 420.  The school has undergone some refurbishment to accommodate the existing ‘bulge classes’ and any further changes or building works will be subject to a separate process and will be linked to the submission of an application for planning permission.  

What is the proposed timetable?

  • March 2017: The County Council’s Cabinet gave approval for the proposal to go out for consultation
  • 6th September 2017 – 6th October 2017: Consultation with parents and the local community to take into account the views expressed regarding the proposals to increase in capacity.
  • 9th November 2017: If Cabinet agree to the proposals, the decision will be implemented with the expansion being completed in time for September 2018.

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 in this letter and all viewpoints will be taken into account before deciding to publish formal proposals.

Feedback can be given in the following ways;

In writing to:

Access & Organisation

Building 3, Saltisford Office Park

Ansell Way

Warwick

CV34 4UL

Via E-mail:

consultations@warwickshire.gov.uk

or, by completing the online survey

Deadline for comments is 6th October 2017

Appendices

FAQs

Following the end of the consultation we shall publish the results and this may include quotes of comments which will be anonymous. If you reply to an anonymous survey then no personal details will be captured. If you would like further information, visit our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/privacy or contact our Customer Service Centre on 01926 410410
 
Information you provide in any additional correspondence to our surveys and consultations, including personal information, may be disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 1998. If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, including your contact details, please tell us why, but be aware that, under the Freedom of Information Act, we cannot always guarantee confidentiality. 
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