The governing body of Claygate Primary School is consulting you on a proposal to change the admissions age of Claygate Primary School to allow us to lower the entry age to 3 and run a school based nursery provision for 3 & 4 year olds. This proposal will ensure a consistent approach to learning for our youngest children and enable us to meet the needs of our local community in relation to early years’ education.
Why are we proposing to lower the entry age of the children joining our school?
Supporting the government’s policy on providing 15 and 30 hours Funded Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds in schools we propose for our school to open a nursery and provide a secure, stimulating, quality nursery provision. It is proposed that we would offer both full-time (30 hours) and part-time (15 hour) places for 3 and 4 year olds from 1 September 2021 with a maximum of 24 children per session and with an option for an extended day. The school currently has an extended day starting at 7.30am until 6pm.
Why are we consulting now?
Changes to the DFE/Ofsted regulations enabling schools to include provision for 3 and 4 year olds will ensure that the nursery provision is included on the schools inspection process.
Will the proposal have any impact on the school’s admission arrangements?
Currently we offer 60 reception places each year for local children. The current capacity of the school is 420 and it is proposed that this will not change. Please note there is no automatic right for nursery aged children to gain a reception place at the school. Parents of nursery aged children would need to apply in the normal way for admission to the primary school.
Do the governors and staff support the proposal?
The governing body and staff support the proposal as they believe the school community would benefit lowering the entry age of pupils to include a nursery.
Will there be extra traffic and how will you reduce the impact of this?
It is possible that there may be a small increase in traffic at the start and end of the school day. However, we believe that many of the pupils will already have siblings in the school and therefore be travelling together. There will be some additional traffic for dropping off and picking up in the transition between morning and afternoon sessions.
What are the next stages in the process?
Responses will be received throughout the consultation period which ends at midnight on 21 January 2021. These will be analysed and the school will publish the outcome on its website.
How can I respond to this consultation?
Alternatively please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments.