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Possible expansion of Pupil Places and provision of Early Years places at Heymann Primary School in West Bridgford

Introduction

We are seeking the views and comments from interested parties about developments that are proposed to take place at Heymann Primary School over the next year or so.

There are two proposals for you to consider:

Proposal 1

The proposal to provide a further 210 permanent pupil places for the school in newly built premises on an adjoining site. This is part of a wider Nottinghamshire County Council remit to provide much needed additional school places in the West Bridgford community.

Proposal 2

The proposal to provide 39 early years education places for children aged 3 and 4 years old at Heymann Primary School. It is Government policy that early years education places can be delivered through Local Authority maintained schools and providers in the private, independent and voluntary sectors.


Background Information

Following several discussions over recent months with schools in the West Bridgford area, a report about the local situation concerning school place provision was considered by the County Council's Cabinet on 14 March 2012.

This report demonstrated that there is a very high demand for the number of permanent school places in the West Bridgford community to be increased at the earliest opportunity. It also explained the need to explore where possible, the future replacement of temporary mobile classrooms with permanent teaching accommodation.

Have your say

Your views about this proposal are important. You can make your views known by:

All responses should be returned no later than Friday 1 June 2012.

If you wish to speak to the Customer Services Centre about this proposal or to discuss any specific communication needs please contact: 0300 500 80 80 (please select option 4) (Minicom 01623 434993)

For more detailed information about the report's content, you can view a copy of it on the County Council's website at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk.

One of the report's recommendations gave permission to consult with Heymann Primary School's staff, governors, pupils, parent/carers and other interested parties about the proposed developments at the school.

Particularly in respect of providing early years education places for 3 and 4 year olds at their school, the following important issues were taken into account by the governors of Heymann Primary:

  • the number of children likely to benefit from the proposal

  • the likely effects on the school's teaching and support staff

  • capacity of the school to meet the needs of 3 and 4 year olds

  • funding for the early years provision

  • availability of early years provision for children in the West Bridgford community


Statutory Process

In order for the County Council to progress with their proposals, it is a legal requirement to publish a 'statutory notice' to significantly expand the physical capacity of the school and also to alter the lower age range limit of the school from 5-11 to 3-11 years. This is part of the process that gives formal notice of the proposals to those at the school and others in the immediate area. Prior to the notice being published however, the County Council is also required to consult with local people so that they can give their views. If you have any views or comments on the proposals mentioned in this leaflet, there are a number of ways you can have your say. Please let us have your response by Friday 1 June 2012.

The responses collected will help to make a recommendation to the County Council about whether to publish a statutory notice.

If the County Council agrees to the publication of the notice, there will be a further six week period during which formal comments or objections can be made about the proposals.

The outcome of representations made in writing to the notice will then be considered by the County Council as part of its statutory duties before making a final decision on whether or not the proposals can be implemented.

Depending on the outcome of the decision making process, it is proposed to have the new additional pupil and early years places available from September 2013.

This consultation closes on Friday 1 June 2012.

Frequently asked questions

Why are you making changes?

Following several discussions over recent months with schools in the West Bridgford area, a report about the local situation concerning school place provision was considered by the County Council's Cabinet on 14 March 2012.

This report demonstrated that there is a very high demand for the number of permanent school places in the West Bridgford community to be increased at the earliest opportunity.

It is Government policy and a statutory duty on the County Council that there are sufficient early years education places in an area. Places can be delivered through Local Authority maintained schools and providers in the private, independent and voluntary sectors. Providing these places at Heymann Primary will offer parental choice around the type of early years place a child can access.

How will a decision be made?

As decision maker, NCC's Children & Young People's (C & YP) Committee will receive a report after 1 June 2012 (written response deadline) on the outcomes of the consultation and take account of all written/online replies before making a decision on how best to move forward.

If the C & YP committee agree that the proposal should proceed to the next stage of the statutory process, a public notice will be published.

When will you make your decision?

This is likely to be in July 2012.

When will changes come into effect?

This will depend on the decision making process but it is proposed that the additional pupil places and EYEPs are made available from September 2013.

How will this affect my child?

If you have specific concerns you would like addressed please contact the Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80. An advisor will be able to capture the details and arrange for a Childrens Place Planning and Admissions Area Officer to respond.

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