Proposal to extend the age range and increase capacity at High Meadow Infant School Consultation

Closed 6 Oct 2017

Opened 6 Sep 2017

Results Updated 13 Feb 2018

This consultation considered the proposal to make the following changes at High Meadow Infant School

  • To extend the age range of the school from 5 to 7 years old to 5 to 11 years old
  • To increase the capacity at High Meadow Infant School from 90 pupils to 210 pupils. The published admission number (PAN) will remain the same at 30.

High Meadow Infant School is the only infant school in the planning area. There are five primary schools in the planning area, and at present parents have to apply for a place in year 3 at Coleshill CofE Primary as though they were applying for a junior school. As this is not the ‘natural’ entry point for a primary school a year 3 place for High Meadow Infant School pupils cannot be guaranteed at Coleshill Primary School.

The consultation concerned the statutory process of extending the age range of the school and increasing the capacity from 90 to 210.  This proposal would require some changes and extensions to the school building.  However, this would be subject to a separate process linked to the submission of an application for planning permission. 

Outcome

Feedback from the consultation was presented to Warwickshire County Council Cabinet on 9th November 2017.  The proposal was approved by Cabinet and will be implemented from September 2019.  Increasing the age range at High Meadow Infant School would mean in September 2019 year 2 pupils would retain a place at High Meadow Infant until the end of year 6 making this a primary school with the pupils benefiting from the continuity of teaching and learning.

Overview

This consultation is being undertaken to advise you of proposals concerning High Meadow Infant 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 extend the age range of the school from 5 to 7 years old to 5 to 11 years old
  • To increase the capacity at High Meadow Infant School from 90 pupils to 210 pupils. The published admission number (PAN) will remain the same at 30.

Why We Are Consulting

Why Change?

High Meadow Infant School is the only infant school in the planning area. There are five primary schools in the planning area, and at present parents have to apply for a place in year 3 at Coleshill CofE Primary as though they were applying for a junior school. As this is not the ‘natural’ entry point for a primary school a year 3 place for High Meadow Infant School pupils cannot be guaranteed at Coleshill Primary School.

Increasing the age range at High Meadow Infant School would mean in September 2019 year 2 pupils would retain a place at High Meadow Infant until the end of year 6 making this a primary school with the pupils benefiting from the continuity of teaching and learning.

Building consequences

This letter concerns the statutory process of extending the age range of the school and increasing the capacity from 90 to 210.  This proposal would require some changes and extensions to the school building.  However, this 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 the Cabinet agree to the proposals, the decision will be implemented with the expansion being completed in time for September 2019.

What Happens Next

This Consultation is now closed.
 
Thank you to everyone who took the time to give their views.

Areas

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Schools and learning
  • Children and families