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					                                      Luton Borough Council

               Changes to Downside Infant School & Downside Junior School


PART 1: DISCONTINUATION    OF   DOWNSIDE JUNIOR SCHOOL (COMMUNITY SCHOOL)         SO THAT A PRIMARY
SCHOOL CAN BE ESTABLISHED

Notice is given in accordance with section 15(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that
Luton Borough Council, Town Hall, Luton, LU1 2BQ intends to discontinue Downside Junior School
(Community School), Chaul End Lane, Luton, LU4 8EZ from 31 August 2011.

It is proposed that pupils will transfer to Downside Infant School, which will become a primary school,
with an extended age range of 3-11 (see Part 2). Parents may also apply for a place at another
school if they wish.

Any provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs currently attending the Junior School will
continue to be provided in the newly established primary school. The current Borough Transport
Policy will continue to apply. It is assumed that most children will walk or cycle to school.

The discontinuation of Downside Junior School is dependant on approval of proposals to make a
prescribed alteration to enlarge Downside Infant School to create an all-through primary school.

PART 2: PRESCRIBED     CHANGES TO     DOWNSIDE INFANT SCHOOL (COMMUNITY SCHOOL)            SO THAT IT
BECOMES A PRIMARY SCHOOL

Notice is given in accordance with section 19(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that
Luton Borough Council, Town Hall, Luton, LU1 2BQ intends to make a prescribed alteration to
Downside Infant School (Community School), Chaul End Lane, Luton, LU4 8EZ from 1 September
2011 by:

1)   changing the age range of the School

2)   an enlargement of the premises

The current age range of the School is 3-7 years. The proposed age range will be 3-11 years.

The current capacity of the School is 390 and the proposed capacity (after the previously agreed
expansion) will be 1,050. The current number of pupils registered at the School is 350. The current
admission number for the School is 150 and the proposed admission number will be 150. The
proposed increase in capacity at the Infant School would be achieved by utilising the premises of the
Junior School. Building work is currently being undertaken to increase the capacity of the Schools
which has been agreed under a previous Statutory Proposal.

I confirm that all the statutory consultation requirements have been complied with.

Part 1 & Part 2 are interdependent

This Notice is an extract from the complete proposals. Copies of the complete proposals can be
obtained from Luton Borough Council’s website at: www.luton.gov.uk/consultationsoneducation or a
copy can be requested from Deborah Smith on 01582 548041 or by writing to: Mrs Deborah Smith,
Planning & Admissions Officer, 4th Floor Unity House, 111 Stuart Street, Luton, LU1 5NP.

REPRESENTATIONS

Within six weeks from the date of publication of these proposals any person may object to or make
comments on the proposal by sending them to Mrs Deborah Smith, Planning & Admissions Officer,
4th Floor Unity House, 111 Stuart Street, Luton, LU1 5NP.



Signed: Martin Pratt: Corporate Director – Children & Learning

Publication Date: 19th September 2010
These proposals have been published by Luton Borough Council and relate to
Downside Infant and Downside Junior Schools, Chaul End Lane, Luton, LU4 8EZ.
Downside Infant & Junior Schools are community schools, maintained by Luton
Borough Council.

Implementation:

It is proposed to implement the proposals to close Downside Junior School on 31st
August 2011 and for Downside Infant School to reopen as a primary school on 1 st
September 2011.

Downside Junior School would close and Downside Infant School would expand to
take over the buildings and capacity of the junior school and become an all-through
primary school. Proposals to close Downside Junior School are dependant on
proposals to make a prescribed alteration to enlarge Downside Infant School being
approved.

Proposals to expand Downside Infant School & Downside Junior School have
already been agreed and are not affected by this current proposal.

Objections & Comments:

Any objections to, or comments on, the proposals should be put in writing and
addressed to:

Mrs Deborah Smith
Planning & Admissions Officer
 th
4 Floor Unity House
111 Stuart Street
Luton, LU1 5NP

The objection period for these proposals is 6 weeks. The closing date for objections
is therefore Sunday 31st October 2010.

Consultation:

All applicable statutory requirements in relation to the proposals to consult have
been complied with.

The following people/organisations were consulted before publication of these
proposals:

      Governors of both schools.
      Staff at both Downside Infant and Junior Schools.
      Parents/carers of children attending Downside Infant or Junior Schools.
      Prospective parents.
      Trade Union representatives.
      MPs.
      Ward Councillors.
      Local pre-schools and nurseries.
      Governing bodies of neighbouring schools.
A copy of the consultation document is attached at Appendix A.

Minutes of the public consultation meeting are attached to these proposals (see
Appendix B).

A summary of responses to the consultation is appended to these proposals (See
Appendix C).

Alteration Description:

It is proposed to make a prescribed alteration to Downside Infant School and to
close Downside Junior School. The prescribed alteration will mean an increase in
the age range for Downside Infant School, which will become an all-through primary
school and encompass the building of the former junior school.

The current capacity of Downside Infant School is 390. The proposed capacity is
1,050.   The Published Admission Number (PAN) of 150 will remain the same.
There are currently 350 pupils on the roll of Downside Infant School. The Infant
School will expand sufficiently to accommodate all children in the Junior School.

Objectives:

The objectives of these proposals are to create an all-through primary school in the
existing premises of Downside Infant & Junior Schools under the leadership of a
single Headteacher.

Standards and Diversity & Impact on the Community:

The amalgamation is proposed to raise the achievement and standards of pupils
attending both schools.

Since 1999, 17 primary schools have been created in Luton following the
amalgamation of infant and junior schools. The advantages of primary schools
include:

       Improved continuity of learning and development aided by pupils not
        having to change school at the end of Year 2. A single teaching and
        learning policy supported by a common approach to assessment and the
        tracking of pupil progress will result in more consistent expectations.
       The dip in progress, often evident, between the end of Year 2 and the end
        of Year 3 is less pronounced in primary schools than in separate infant
        and junior schools.
       Creating a new primary school also offers better continuity to pupils in
        terms of curriculum and the school ethos.
       There is an increased opportunity to share resources and expertise across
        Key Stage 1 (infant) and Key Stage 2 (junior).
       The development of a primary school will assist with the recruitment and
        retention of staff. Nationally, the majority of schools cover the whole
        primary phase and generally teachers find posts in primary schools more
        attractive as they offer better career development opportunities. A larger
        school, covering the full primary age range, offers an improved chance to
          retain staff as there are greater opportunities to develop them within the
          school.


Need for Places:

Students who would be displaced by the closure of Downside Junior School will
automatically be transferred to the roll of Downside Infant School, as there will be no
decrease in the overall number of school places available.

Current School Information & Age Range

Downside Infant School currently caters for children aged 3-7.
Downside Junior School currently caters for children aged 7-11.
Under the proposed changes, the Junior School will close and the Infant School will
expand to cater for children aged 3-11.

The school will remain a co-educational community school.

The current Number on roll at the Infant School is: 350 (Years R-2)
The current capacity of the Infant School is: 390

The current Number on roll at the Junior School is: 370 (Years 3-6)
The current capacity of the Junior School is: 390

The proposed capacity of the primary school is: 1,050.
This proposed capacity of 1,050 will be the eventual capacity of the primary school
after the completion of the expansion project.

Displaced Pupils:

Pupils currently on the roll of the Junior School will automatically transfer to the roll
of the new primary school.

Travel & Transport

As the new primary school will be on the existing site of the current infant and junior
schools, no additional transport arrangements will be made. Luton Borough
Council’s Home to School Transport Policy continues to apply.

Project Costs:

No additional funding will be made available for these proposals. Under previous
statutory proposals to expand the Downside Schools funding was agreed to expand
and improve the current premises. The expanded school buildings have been
designed to facilitate the formation of a primary school should these statutory
proposals be approved.
Related Proposals:

The discontinuation of Downside Junior School is dependant on approval of
proposals to make a prescribed alteration to enlarge Downside Infant School to
create an all-through primary school.
                                                                    APPENDIX A
                              Consultation paper
Foreword
The Governing Bodies of Downside Infant and Downside Junior School have
decided to consider a possible merger of the schools to form a single primary school
for children aged 4 to 11. This is being considered because of a permanent
expansion plan for both schools and the retirement in the near future of both Mrs
Lewis and Mrs Thompson.

Governing Bodies of both schools wish to explore ways of combining the strengths
of both schools in order to provide the best education for your children and any
children attending in the future.

 It is proposed that the merger would be achieved by closing the Junior School, and
extending the age range of the Infant School to create a Primary School. The
proposal is supported by the local authority. The Governing Bodies have formed a
Joint Governors Working Group (JGWG) to investigate options. To find out further
information you can attend the relevant meeting detailed below.

Public meeting for parents/carers of children attending Downside Infant and Junior
Schools, prospective parents and other members of the local community on
Monday 10th May at 6.00 pm at the Junior School.

Meeting for staff of both schools on Wednesday 5 th May at 3.45 pm in the Junior
School.

   It is important to note that no final decision has yet been taken on a merger
                               between the two schools.

The purpose of this paper is to find out your views. The Governing Bodies of both
schools have produced this questionnaire in order to know your views. The
questionnaire asks whether or not you think the merger is a good idea.

Thank you taking the time to read this document and complete the questionnaire.
Please return your completed questionnaire to either:

Downside Infant School, Chaul End Lane, Luton, LU4 8EZ      or

Downside Junior School, Chaul End Lane, Luton, LU4 8EZ        or

Deborah Smith, Children and Learning Department, Unity House, 111 Stuart Street,
Luton, LU1 5NP. Or email your comments to deborah.smith@luton.gov.uk
Introduction
This paper sets out information including the benefits of merger and seeks your
views on the proposal to merge both schools to form a single primary school.

BENEFITS
Transfer from Key stage 1 to Key Stage 2
The transfer from Year 2 to Year 3 would be smooth and cause less worry from the
children and parents.

Parents who wish to inform the school about matters or meet with a member of staff
would only have to make one phone call to one school.

Learning and Teaching
    Similar methods of teaching will be used across the school. Routines will be
      established earlier and carried throughout the school.
    Teachers will have a greater knowledge about previous learning as they will
      be working with colleagues from different age phases.
    There will be a consistent approach to assessing pupil progress.
    The dip in progress, often evident, between the end of Year 2 and the end of
      Year 3 is less pronounced in primary schools than in separate infant and
      junior schools.

Resources
     All children will have the same opportunity to use modern technologies to
     support their learning.

Staffing
The main implications of a merger on staff would be for the headteachers of the two
schools. With an amalgamated school, there will be one headteacher. However with
the retirement of Mrs Lewis and Mrs Thompson in 2011 this can be addressed with
the appointment of a new headteacher.

As the school would be larger there would be more staff. Staff will be consulted
regarding the new staffing structure which will be required to support the education
of all the children.

The merging of the two schools to form one larger school should deliver a greater
economy of scale in terms of the use of staff and resources. The Governing Bodies
have confirmed that all permanent staff employed at either the Infant or the Junior
School will be offered employment at the new Primary School.

An advantage of a Primary School is that it would offer greater opportunities for all
staff to develop their professional knowledge and experience.

School Capacities
The new primary school will cater for all the children currently attending both the
infant and junior schools. The capacities of both schools will increase. The capacity
of the infant school will increase from 250-450 places and the capacity of the junior
school will increase from 360 places to 600 places. The pre –school provision will
be 150 places.
Financial Considerations
Schools are given their own budget and have to manage within the money that is
available. Budgets are allocated to all schools on the basis of a formula which,
although making some allowance for small schools gives the bulk of the money
according to the number of pupils on roll. Thus, the fewer pupils a school has, the
less money it has to spend and conversely the more pupils a school has the greater
the money it has to spend.

Site Considerations
The total capacity of the Downside School will be large enough to cater for pupils
from both schools.

Planned building work will accommodate improvements such as the creation of a
common entrance and new teaching areas. Both schools, where no new build is
taking place will be refurbished and brought up to the standard of the new areas.

There will be a safer route into the school avoiding the car park.

Consultation
It is important that all interested individuals and groups have the opportunity
to comment on the possible amalgamation of the two schools.

Written comments on the above proposal are invited and a questionnaire is
attached to assist with this process. Please return the questionnaire by Friday
28th May to one of the schools at the address on page 1.

Parents / Carers and any other interested parties are invited to attend.

This document and information regarding the merger is available at:
www.downsideinfants.ik.org

A copy of this consultation paper has been sent to;
    Governors
    Teaching and non teaching staff of Downside Infant School and Downside
     Junior School
    All parents/ carers with children attending either Downside Infant or Junior
     School.
    Prospective parents
    Governing bodies of neighbouring schools
    Relevant professional associations and trade unions
    Borough Councillors representing the wards served by the two schools
    Local pre- schools and nurseries
    Members of Parliament for the Borough
    Any individual or organisation who requests one

FURTHER COPIES ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST AT DOWNSIDE INFANT
AND JUNIOR SCHOOLS


Thank you for reading the document and taking the time to answer the questionnaire
Questionnaire on the Possible Amalgamation of Downside Infant and Junior
Schools.

You are invited to complete this questionnaire so that your valuable comments about a
possible amalgamation of the two schools can be considered carefully.

NO FINAL DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN ON THE AMALGAMATION OF THE TWO
SCHOOLS

    1. ARE YOU IN FAVOUR OF A SINGLE 4- 11 PRIMARY SCHOOL?

         YES                             NO

         (please tick as appropriate )



    2.                                    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
         Please set out any additional comment you may wish to make. These could
         include specific comments related to your circumstances or general comments

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I AM INTERESTED IN THIS ISSUE BECAUSE
(Please tick the appropriate box)
I am a parent/ carer of a child attending Downside Infant School

I am a parent/ carer of a child attending Downside Junior School

I am a parent/ carer of a child who could attend one of the two schools in the
future

I am a resident in the area who is not likely to have children attending one of the two
schools in the future

I am a member of staff at the Infant School
I am a member of staff at the Junior School

Completed questionnaires can be returned to Downside Infant and Junior Schools or
Deborah Smith, Children and Learning Department, Unity House, 111 Stuart Street,
Luton , LU1 5NP. Please return by Friday 28th May.
Frequently Asked Questions

What arrangements will there be for playtime?
Children will continue to play in separate playgrounds as they do now.

How many teachers will there be?
As there will be more pupils as the school grows, the number of teachers will also grow.

Will the older children be taught in the same areas as the younger children?
We will have separate Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 areas.

If I need to come into the school where will I go?
There will be a main reception area, signposted, which will be for both schools.

Will the schools start and end at the same time of the day?
This will be considered by the Governors in consultation with parents / carers.

Will I need to buy a new school uniform?
The uniform will remain the same for the time being until consultation is carried out by
the Governors.

Will the new school be too big? Who will be monitoring my child’s progress?
Children will be grouped in year groups and bases with a head of year and teachers who
will work together as a small team. Children will continue to be monitored throughout
their time at the school.

Will there be any changes to lunch time arrangements?
In order to accommodate all the children at lunch time both school halls will be used.
School dinner children will eat in what is currently the Infant School hall and packed
lunches in the Junior School hall. There will be more lunch time staff looking after the
children.
                                                                      APPENDIX B
                  Downside Infant & Downside Junior Schools

             Minutes of Public Meeting held at Downside Junior School
                         Monday 10th May 2010 at 6:00pm

Re: The possible amalgamation of the Downside Schools for September 2011
Present:
    Debbie Craig (DC) – Admissions & Planning Manager
    John Wrigglesworth (JW) – Senior Primary School Improvement Advisor
    Deborah Smith – Minutes

There were 7 adults present at the meeting, including Susan Lewis (SL),
Headteacher at Downside Infant School and Jane Thompson (JT), Headteacher at
Downside Junior School.

DC opened the meeting by thanking everyone for coming along. She introduced
herself as the Admissions & Planning Manager and introduced JW as the Senior
Primary School Improvement Advisor. DC would talk about the process of
amalgamation and then hand over to JW to talk about the educational advantages.

Both governing bodies have been considering amalgamating the Downside Schools
to form a single primary school for children from 3-11. The reason for looking at
amalgamation at this time is related to the expansion proposals and also the
imminent retirement of the Headteachers of both schools. Three governors were
chosen from each governing body to form a Join Governors Working Group (JGWG)
to look at what amalgamation would mean. The JGWG looked into all aspects of
amalgamation and brought their findings back to a meeting of the full governing
bodies.     Governing bodies were then asked to vote on proceeding with
amalgamation proposals and both were in favour of this. The next stage in the
process is to consult all stakeholders. This meeting forms part of this informal
consultation process and DC and JW are here to give stakeholders information and
answer questions. People have been asked to complete the consultation response
form to give their views on the proposals; the consultation closes on 28 th May.

If the majority of responses are favourable then we would move to the more formal
stage by publishing a Statutory Notice to close the junior school and extend the age
range of the infant school. This is just the legal methodology for bringing about an
amalgamation and is not a reflection on either of the schools. There is then a 6
week formal consultation period after which the Council’s Executive will consider
responses and decide whether or not to agree it.

Q: If there is a clear negative response from this consultation would this stop you
from moving forward?
DC: Obviously the responses would have to go back to the governors to consider.
This has never happened before and we would like to know why the responses are
negative. In previous amalgamations we have had concerns about uniforms or Year
R and Year 6 children mixing in the playground. It is helpful for us to have these
comments in writing so we can address them.
JW: Normally these meetings are a chance for people to come with their concerns
which we can then address.
Q: Some parents don’t come along, but then when you decide to go ahead they ring
up Councillors and say they aren’t happy.
JW: It would depend on the consistency and the number of concerns – obviously it is
best if they express them. We want this to be successful; in our experience, the
more we can do with parents and the community the better.
Q: It’s a shame we haven’t got many people here tonight.

Q: What are the reasons for the proposal? If the schools are expanded and
amalgamated, won’t it be the size of a small secondary school?
JW: It is primarily for educational reasons. We do have some large primary schools
in Luton. We usually consider amalgamation where there are Headteacher
vacancies or concerns over effectiveness. In this case, both Heads will be leaving
soon. On the educational reasons, without exception new primary schools in Luton
have been a huge success; their achievements are greater than the sum of the
achievements of the individual infant and junior schools. The continuity between
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 is easier in primary schools. Even here where the two
schools work really well together there is still some slippage between Year 2 and 3,
but evidence in Luton and nationally shows that this slippage is less in all-through
primary schools. Communication between staff is also easier when it is one school
as a lot of this is actually informal – conversations in the staff room and so on.
Consistency of practice helps children to make the best progress and this is easier
when teachers are working as one staff. Also, with the economic crunch, a larger
school will have greater financial flexibility and there will be less duplication.
Nationally most schools are primary schools and so for Downside to become a
primary school would make it easier to recruit and retain staff. Some teachers like to
teach across phases, especially crossing over between Years 2 and 3; Year 3
teachers sometimes have lower expectations of pupils coming up from Year 2, so
being able to teach Year 2 and Year 3 pupils would help. A larger school is also
able to offer a better salary, so we would have a better chance of recruiting an
experienced Headteacher. In a larger school there is also more variety of leadership
posts and more opportunities for development in the same school which can make it
easier to retain staff. When the building works started we had to make a decision
about the long term future as this is such a significant investment, so the expansion
was planned with the idea that it would be a primary school at some point in the
future. My interest is the best interests of the children – that’s why I support
amalgamation, but obviously we understand the concerns of parents.

Q: If Downside is amalgamated, how will it compare in size to other schools?
DC: There will be a total of 1,050 places at the school when the expansion is
finished and all year groups have moved to an Admission Number of 150. Other
schools in Luton have spaces for 840 pupils and there are schools of this size in
London.
JW: This would be one of the largest primary schools in the country. Year group
teams will therefore be very important and some large schools also have House
systems which work very well.

Q: I’ve seen the plans and it looks like it’s already agreed, but you are having a
consultation on it now. In a large school you won’t see the Head so much and
wouldn’t have the same relationship with them.
JW: You can do this – obviously it depends on the sort of Headteacher you are
looking to recruit. I have explained about the building work and if the decision is not
to go ahead it is possible to build it as two separate schools, but it would have been
foolish not to consider the possibility of future amalgamation when the plans were
agreed.

Q: I think some parents may have an issue with Year R children mixing with Year 6
children.
JW: In some schools it has been really good to see children in Years 5 & 6 working
with the younger children and supporting them. Even if the schools stay separate,
they are not going to stay small.
JT: I see the increase in size of the school as a benefit: we will have whole families
here so when you talk to parents you will be involving the whole family – I can see
more of a family atmosphere in the school.
Q: It will depend on the new Head.
JW: I’ve seen small schools where Heads have locked themselves away and I’ve
seen large schools where Heads are out and about; what type of Head do you think
the Governors will look for? It can be done and the size of the school is not the most
determining factor.

Q: With the expansion and the Headteachers leaving and now this proposal for
amalgamation it’s a period of change and risk and I wonder if it’s not too much
change in one go.
JW: Only if it’s change for the worse. It will affect the children, but I think it will be for
the better.
Q: The cultural needs of the community are really addressed in the infant school at
the moment.
JW: There is always anxiety over change, but change is going on anyway. This is
actually the slowest amalgamation we have ever done.
Q: As a parent I am scared, but the Headteachers are leaving anyway, so there is
always some change.
Q: With the building work going on, the infant children have been coming into the
junior playground and they seem to like it.
SL: Changes doesn’t have to be bad. There won’t just be one Headteacher, there
will be a larger management team and they will all have a role to play. Even if the
Headteacher doesn’t the name of every individual child, there will be someone in the
management team who will.
Q: I think we have that already – I do like to see the Headteacher around the school
or the playground when picking children up, even if not to speak to. It’s a shame
other parents aren’t here.

JW: I hope this will move through, but this is not the end of the process. If part of
the community is concerned maybe we can find a way to meet less formally to talk
through these concerns. The only concern of the Local Authority is to get the best
education for Luton’s children. I am aware of the specific needs of this community
as I have worked in this community as a Head. They need warmth and
understanding and the first contact with schools is very important for anxious
parents. The key role for the governors is to find someone who can deliver all of
this, but we do have plenty of time to ensure we get the right person.

Q: In your experience of amalgamation what are the problems? What can we learn
from your previous experiences?
JW: Nothing has gone wrong in any previous amalgamation – they have gone right.
It’s a challenge, bringing together the staff of two schools and bringing together two
cultures. Obviously there is always some anxiety especially where there is
amalgamation and new leadership. I’ve worked in this school recently and I have
been thrilled and surprised to see how well the Downside staff work together. I am
struggling to think of any disadvantages or real problems. Other Heads who have
been through the amalgamation process have talked to the Downside Heads.

Q: Is there a Website somewhere with these statistics on school sizes?
DC: When we first looked into this we asked the DCSF for national figures on school
sizes. Schools are getting bigger, particularly in urban areas.

Q: Would you have been proposing amalgamation if there was not the same
pressure on pupil places?
JW: Yes. Other schools we are amalgamating are not expanding; we are doing it for
educational reasons and recruitment and retention reasons.

Q: Will class sizes be increased?
DC: No.

JW: I hope you will realise that we are not complacent and we really care about
getting it right. It’s not about figures, it is about individuals life chances. Lots of
issues have been raised and most of these have already been mentioned by the
Heads and governors as they know the school and the community. The new build
will have fantastic facilities for the community. The community use of facilities has
been at the heart of the design for the extension. Areas have been zoned, so it is
easier to use and more secure. I’m sure there will continue to be anxieties, but if we
do move forward, I want to allay the fears of the community; this is not the end of the
process; we will continue to work with families to address issues that are concerning
them.

Q: What other ways are you going to try and engage people?
JW: This is a particularly low turnout tonight; I wish the hall was full as this is my
opportunity to express why we promoting amalgamation as a good way forward.
Q: It’s a shame we didn’t have a better turn out; what are other ways of reaching
out?
SL: Maybe different times would be better for parents; it might be better to have
about 3pm? Perhaps Family Workers could bring this up as part of their agenda
too?
JW: I don’t think we should see this as the end of the process – we have a year.
SL: I’ve not really heard any negatives from parents – but obviously there are
concerns over a new Head.
Q: And about the school getting bigger – Mrs Lewis has spoiled the parents!
JT: The junior children have been very positive about the changes and I would
expect that there has been discussion at home.
JW: The Family Workers will have a role here and may be able to resolve any issues
easily. We can make a commitment that even after this consultation closes, it will
not be the end of the process; if there are concerns from the community we want to
find more creative ways to work with them.
SL: Perhaps we can involve parents in looking for the new Head; asking them what
they would like to see in a new Headteacher?

JW thanked everyone for their time in attending the meeting.

The meeting finished at 7.10pm.
                                                                           APPENDIX C
       Responses to the consultative paper on the possible amalgamation of Downside
                           Infant and Downside Junior Schools
In favour   Not in     I am a       I am a        I am a      I am a        I am a         I am a    Other                                 Additional comments
            favour    parent/      parent/       parent/    member        member         resident
                     carer of a   carer of a    guardian    of staff at   of staff at      in the
                        child        child     of a child   Downside      Downside      area who
                     attending    attending        who        Infant        Junior         is not
                     Downside     Downside        could      School        School        likely to
                       Infant       Junior       attend                                     have
                      School       School        one of                                  children
                                                the two                                 attending
                                               schools in                                 one of
                                                    the                                  the two
                                                  future                                schools in
                                                                                             the
                                                                                          future
   X                                                            X                                      
                                                                                                             It will be a good idea for the two schools to become one primary school, it’s less
                                                                                                             worry and anxiety for children moving from one building to another. It seems the
   X                     X            X            X                                                         right time to do it now also because as the letter says both Headteachers will soon
                                                                                                             be retiring anyway. Uniforms could be all the same too, a change of colour would
                                                                                                             be great too – maybe grey with yellow logo!
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In favour   Not in     I am a       I am a        I am a      I am a        I am a         I am a    Other                                  Additional comments
            favour    parent/      parent/       parent/    member        member         resident
                     carer of a   carer of a    guardian    of staff at   of staff at      in the
                        child        child     of a child   Downside      Downside      area who
                     attending    attending        who        Infant        Junior         is not
                     Downside     Downside        could      School        School        likely to
                       Infant       Junior       attend                                     have
                      School       School        one of                                  children
                                                the two                                 attending
                                               schools in                                 one of
                                                    the                                  the two
                                                  future                                schools in
                                                                                             the
                                                                                          future
                                                                                                             Great idea – go ahead.
   X                     X            X            X                                                         Revise your methods of teaching
                                                                                                             Emphasis on reading/mathematics
   X                     X            X            X                                                         Great idea.
   X                     X            X            X
                                                                                                             Younger children would feel scared as there will be so many older and bigger
                                                                                                             children for them to face everyday. It will be too over-crowded. Already I feel the
                                                                                                             children are not receiving the attention they should be getting. There will of course
                                                                                                             be more concern of bullying. My child who is not even 6 years old yet has already
                                                                                                             experienced bullying with 4/5 teachers supervising. In practice the merger will be
                                                                                                             very hard on the younger children and damaging. I can only see more problems
                                                                                                             arising, e.g. if there was a fire it would take longer to evacuate children in a bigger
              X                                    X                                                         building. They have more chance of surviving in two separate or the more buildings
                                                                                                             the better and safer.

                                                                                                             Children need to grow up with their own age groups. They feel safe and have a
                                                                                                             better understanding. It will also pressure children with their meal times by
                                                                                                             completely separating the school dinners and the packed lunches. Let’s think about
                                                                                                             the children’s needs and interests and not how we can, once again, save money!
                                                                                                             Let’s move forward and not take few steps backward.
                                                                                                             I think it is a really good idea for Downside Infant School and Downside Junior
   X                     X            X            X            X                                            School to combine together because it will make the children more friendly with
                                                                                                             each other. However, I think it will be a ruch (sic) within the school.
   X                     X                         X
                                                                                                             The merger will bring benefits for parents and children, plus the schools will be
   X                     X                         X
                                                                                                             secure by having one main entrance.
In favour   Not in     I am a       I am a        I am a      I am a        I am a         I am a    Other                                  Additional comments
            favour    parent/      parent/       parent/    member        member         resident
                     carer of a   carer of a    guardian    of staff at   of staff at      in the
                        child        child     of a child   Downside      Downside      area who
                     attending    attending        who        Infant        Junior         is not
                     Downside     Downside        could      School        School        likely to
                       Infant       Junior       attend                                     have
                      School       School        one of                                  children
                                                the two                                 attending
                                               schools in                                 one of
                                                    the                                  the two
                                                  future                                schools in
                                                                                             the
                                                                                          future
                                                                                                             It just seems the right thing to do to have a merger so there is only one set of staff
                                                                                                             and governing bodies and more resources that are part of one school. Also
   X                     X            X
                                                                                                             because the two headmistresses are leaving it needs a fresh start and what better
                                                                                                             way than this?
                                                                                                             It is a good idea; the school will be a much bigger school, put together like
                                                                                                             Beechwood Primary School. Having one Head Teacher to run the school is good
                                                                                                             and more safety rules should apply to the school. Playgrounds should be secure,
    x                                 x                                                                      no access to the roads and safety gates should be there to protect our children’s
                                                                                                             lives. The traffic lights and crossings should improve. Now there is too much
                                                                                                             pushing when crossing traffic lights, very overcrowded and paths too narrow to
                                                                                                             walk on.
    x                    x                         x                                        x
                                                                                                             I think it will be better if both schools merge into one big school. The family rooms
                                                                                                             should be much bigger than the present family rooms because when doing courses
                                                                                                             (it) gets very overcrowded with too many people attending. The family rooms
    x                    x
                                                                                                             should locate to the front of the newly built school, where it is reachable and
                                                                                                             access for wheelchair users, mothers using pushchairs. More staff needed who are
                                                                                                             from multicultural backgrounds.

				
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