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Statutory Consultation Proposal to establish a new primary school at St George’s Road, Lupset and proposals affecting: Snapethorpe Primary School and Waterton J&I School Please respond by 16th July 2010 to let us know what you think www.wakefield.gov.uk 2 3 Foreword Our vision is to: Bringing the schools together will allow us to: • make education in Wakefield simply the best • Invest in the buildings at St George’s Road to create an improved facility for all children and the local community • build upon successes of the past • Build on the achievements gained at both schools by • build aspiration and ambition, realise potential bringing together expertise and experience During 2009 parents, carers, pupils, teachers, governors • Develop partnerships, by bringing the best people and the local community were asked to comment on together to ensure that every child can flourish and the proposal to close Waterton JI School and transfer reach their full potential pupils to Snapethorpe Primary School. The outcome of that consultation was considered and the proposal was • To create a new school that will meet the needs of all our changed to the amalgamation of Waterton JI School with children, our families and our community Snapethorpe Primary School to create one primary school • Remove the number of empty school places in the area for the area of Lupset in Wakefield. • Develop the extended school facilities for children, parents and the local community Cllr Pat Garbutt Elaine McHale Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Corporate Director Children and Young People Family Services Consultation This would mean: • Running a competition to establish the opening of the This consultation seeks to: new school • Explain the process for opening a new school • Closing Snapethorpe Primary School and Waterton J&I • Help you understand the benefits of creating a new School school for the area • Gather your views on the proposed specification Competitions • Gather your views on closing the current schools Local Authorities (LA) are required, in accordance with the Education and Inspections Act 2006, to invite proposals from potential providers for any proposed new or Events replacement school. The process is generally referred to as a “competition”. During the consultation we will be arranging various events to give further information and opportunity to give your A competition is a process which allows interested parties views. Full details are given on the enclosed letter. e.g. faith group, public, private or voluntary body to submit proposals for the new school. These will include: A competition is expected to last between 10 and 14 • Staff and parents briefings months and has six stages: • Public meeting for all interested parties 1. Consultation • ‘Round table’ event 2. Publication of notice and at least 4 months for interested parties to come forward The Proposal 3. Publication of the second notice which outlines the proposals received from interested parties To open one primary school with Nursery provision on the St 4. Representation period of 6 weeks to allow everyone to George’s Road site. give their views on the proposals received It is proposed that the planned admissions number for the 5. Decision school would be 75. This means that 75 children will be admitted to each age group. 6. Implementation More information is available on our web pages. Details are on page 6 of this booklet. 4 5 Outline Specification Support for parents and The school will cater for children living in the Lupset area and those who currently attend Snapethorpe Primary and pupils Waterton J&I schools. We will support and guide families affected by the proposed change. Maintaining stability and promoting improvement in The school will provide 520 full time places and 52 full time educational achievements is core to this proposal equivalent nursery places for boys and girls. The planned admissions number for each age group will be 75 and the age range will be 3 to 11 years. The school will be located at the current St George’s Support for staff Road site and access onto the site will be improved for Retaining our skilled teaching and support staff to maintain pedestrians and vehicles by developing a school travel plan high standards of teaching and learning is fundamental to to support the reduction of car use on the school run. our plans. We have been working with staff groups and trade unions to develop a Human Resource (HR) framework The expected start date for the newly created school will be to support staff transitions that will ensure processes are 1 September 2012 but the works required for the buildings fair and supportive of individual’s career ambitions and are not expected to be complete until September 2013. personal aspirations. The remodelling of the existing buildings to improve facilities and bring them up to 21st Century standards will be funded through the Primary Capital Programme and other Capital funding streams. The estimated cost of this will be approximately £2 million. Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) will continue to have their requirements met as the schools amalgamate. Consideration has been given to the individual child’s needs and this will be met and appropriate support provided. The LA believes the proposal is likely to lead to improvements in the standard, quality and/or range of educational provision for the children with SEN currently attending Snapethorpe Primary School and Waterton JI School. Extended services will be provided by providing the core offer and in addition offer a widely extended services programme that will open up experiences and provide equality of opportunity for children, young people and their families. Next Steps Your Views Subject to decisions made by Cabinet, the estimated Please complete the tear-off form and return in the pre paid timeline for the next stages of the statutory competition envelope provided process are set out below: Or you can tell us what you think by completing this form online at: Dates Stages www.wakefield.gov.uk/education/ 17th May to Consultation period primaryschoolplaceplanning 16th July 2010 Please make sure you take part by Friday 16th July 2010 September 2010 Cabinet to consider consultation to ensure your views are heard. feedback and decide how to proceed to the next stage If you have any questions about this form or would like more information, please contact: October 2010 to Publish 1st competition notice February 2011 Engagement period of at least School Organisation Team 4 months to invite proposals from interested parties Tel: 01924 305510 March 2011 Publish 2nd competition notice Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and statutory notices for the school closures March 2011 Representation to the proposals to April 2011 (6 weeks) June/July 2011 Decision made by Cabinet or the Schools Adjudicator if LA submit a bid September 2012 Implement proposals 6 7 Your Views on a New Primary School for the Lupset Area of Wakefield 1. Thinking about the proposal to establish one primary school for the area, how do you think the plans might contribute to: (Please tick 4one box for each question) Much Better Neither Worse Much Don’t better better worse know nor worse the quality of education and standards for pupils in the area n n n n n n the long term financial security of the school n n n n n n support and care available to pupils attending the school n n n n n n the range of learning opportunities for pupils at the school n n n n n n people in the local area getting on well together n n n n n n the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of the school n n n n n n access to and from the school n n n n n n traffic in the area n n n n n n the range of facilities at the school for the local community n n n n n n the range of before and after school clubs and activities n n n n n n Strongly Support Neither Oppose Strongly Don’t support support oppose know nor oppose 2. Considering your responses to the questions above, n n n n n n how far do you support or oppose the proposal to close Snapethorpe Primary School and Waterton JI School and establish one primary school for pupils aged 3-11 in Lupset? # www.wakefield.gov.uk Finally, do you have any comments to make about the proposals? (Please write in box below) About you This section asks you for some information that will help us to analyse the results of the survey and to see who has taken part. You will not be identified by any of the information you provide. (Please tick 4 what mostly applies to you) I am a: n Parent/Carer n Pupil n Governor n Member of staff n Local resident n Other Name of school you represent: Please return this form in the pre paid envelope provided by 16th July 2010 Thank you for taking part in this consultation, your views are essential Schools Organisation Team, Family Services, County Hall, Wakefield www.wakefield.gov.uk
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