Change of Age Range at Northlands Primary School

Closed 19 Jun 2019

Opened 3 May 2019

Feedback Updated 1 Aug 2019

We Asked

Consultation to change the age range at Northlands Primary School from 3-11 to 4-11 from September 2019

You Said

In total five responses were received to the consultation.  Three responses supported the proposal to change the age range from 3-11 to 4-11.  One response neither disagreed nor agreed with the proposal stating that it was a shame there would not be a nursery at the school going forward but recognised the difficulty in maintaining viability with low numbers and meeting the increasing demand for more flexible childcare.  A further respondent would like to see the nursery provision retained if possible.

We Did

County Council Cabinet approved the proposal on 11th July 2019 (link to report).  The age range change at Northlands Primary School from 3-11 to 4-11 will be implemented from September 2019.  The Published Admission Number (PAN) for the maintained nursery class will cease to exist.  Nursery provision will be available at other local providers instead of at the school.

Overview

This consultation is being undertaken to advise you of proposals concerning Northlands 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 school’s Governing Body.  The proposal is:

  1. To change the age range at Northlands Primary School from 3 - 11 to 4 - 11 from September 2019. The published admission number (PAN) for the main school will not be affected by these proposals. The PAN for the maintained nursery class will cease to exist, and nursery provision will be offered at other local providers instead of at the school.
  1. Parents will apply directly to their chosen local early years provider to obtain the place that best meets their needs

The proposed changes at Northlands Primary School are related to changes at national level, with many families now entitled to 30 hours per week of funded early education, instead of the 15 hours per week they were previously entitled to.

Parents are increasingly seeking more flexibility from nursery places, to support them with work commitments. This is difficult to manage when nursery places are offered via a maintained nursery class, where there is less scope for flexibility.

Children will still be able to attend a nursery place in their local area, as there are sufficient places available at other providers nearby.

Why We Are Consulting

Public consultation is in accordance with the statutory guidance produced by the Department for Education whereby ‘LAs can propose a change of age range of 1 year or more for community schools (including the adding or removal of nursery provision) by following the statutory process set out in the regulations’.

These proposals are made under The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools (England) Regulations 2013.

The proposal is:

  1. To change the age range at Northlands Primary School from 3 - 11 to 4 - 11 from September 2019. The published admission number (PAN) for the main school will not be affected by these proposals. The PAN for the maintained nursery class will cease to exist, and nursery provision will be offered at other local providers instead of at the school.
  1. Parents will apply directly to their chosen local early years provider to obtain the place that best meets their needs.

The closing date for comments to be submitted is the 19th June 2019

Areas

  • District: Rugby Borough

Audiences

  • Service users (current or previous)
  • Carers
  • Parents
  • Local residents
  • Teachers
  • Community Groups
  • Providers

Interests

  • Schools and learning
  • Children and families
  • Education and learning