Monday, 12 May 2014

Southdown Infant and Junior school consultation

Consultation on the Proposal to Amalgamate Southdown Community Infant and Junior
Schools, Southdown, Bath into an all through Primary School
Bath and North East Somerset Council is proposing to amalgamate Southdown Infant and Junior
schools to create a larger all through primary school. Before this change can be made the Council is
required to carry out a statutory process of consultation with individuals and organisations that may
be affected by this proposal.
It is proposed that the Junior school would close and the Infant school would change its age range
and expand to provide places for junior pupils in Years 3 to 6 in addition to places for infant pupils in
Reception to Year 2. The Infant school would then become an all through primary school with a single
point of admission at Reception.
The existing Infant and Junior schools each currently have a Planned Admission Number (PAN) of 45
and offer a total of 315 places for children in Reception to Year 6. The primary school would have a
PAN of 60 for admissions into Reception in 2015 onwards and offer a total of 420 places for children
in Reception to Year 6. The primary school would also make provision for Early Years age children as
at present, therefore the age range of the school would be 3 to 11.
The primary school would continue to operate from the existing buildings and sites currently occupied
by the Infant and Junior schools. The current Infant and Junior schools are Community schools and
the primary school would be a Community school. All children currently on roll at the Infant and Junior
schools would become pupils on roll at the primary school.
Background information
The Local Authority is under a statutory duty to ensure that there are sufficient school places in their
area. These places should where possible be provided in popular and successful schools serving
the area of need to increase parental choice and contribute to raising standards and attainment.
Additional primary school places are projected to be required in this area of Bath for admissions in
2016 onwards. Southdown Community Infant school has an OFSTED rating of Outstanding and is a
popular school, having 135 places and 130 pupils on roll.
As the two schools were federated on 1st January 2014 they are already led and managed by a
single Headteacher and Governing Body, in the same way as the primary school would be. There
would be several benefits in becoming a primary school:
• It would provide children with a seamless journey through school from age 4 – 11, removing the
need for Infant school children to apply for a Year 3 junior school place as now.
• It would support and enhance the delivery of the new 2014 curriculum and would enable better
continuity and progression of children’s learning, particularly between Key Stage One and Key
Stage Two.
• It would promote high educational standards and ensure high quality, good teaching.
• It would allow consistency of approach to learning policies, behaviour management, Special
Education Needs (SEN) provision and better use of educational resources including teaching
and non-teaching staff.
• It would provide opportunities to increase the range of expertise and experience of teaching
staff and provide opportunities for improvements in the deployment and development of
How you can comment on this proposal
This consultation will run for six weeks from 12th May 2014 to 22nd June 2014. If you would like
to comment on this proposal, you can do so by sending an email or a letter to Bath and North East
Somerset Council.
In order to ensure that every consultation response counts, please could you ensure that you give
your name, your postcode, state the school’s name and your relationship to the school e.g.
parent/carer, member of staff, etc. All comments must be submitted in writing. In accordance with
the Data Protection Act 1998 your personal details will not be used for any other purpose, will not be
made public or shared with any other organisation.
Email address:
Postal address: Schools Capital & Organisation Team, Bath and North East Somerset Council,
Riverside, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1LA.
The deadline for comments to be received by Bath and North East Somerset Council is midnight
on Sunday 22nd June 2014. We regret that we will be unable to enter into any correspondence
regarding comments submitted.
What happens next
After the end of the consultation period, at a public Cabinet meeting in July 2014 the Council Cabinet
will consider any written comments that have been received during the consultation period and will
then decide whether to proceed to publish a statutory notice for the proposed change as above.
If the Cabinet does decide to go ahead, the proposal will be published in a local newspaper, posted
on the Infant and Junior school sites and at all the entrances to the schools and on the Council
website at the beginning of September 2014. There will then be a further four week ‘representation
period’, during which interested stakeholders will have a final opportunity to comment on the
After the end of the representation period, at a further public Cabinet meeting in November 2014 the
Council Cabinet will consider any written comments or objections received during the representation
period and decide whether to go ahead with the proposed change. If the decision is made to go
ahead with the proposal, the proposed implementation date would be the beginning of Term 5 on the
13th April 2015.

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