16th October 2017

CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO

ST JOHN FISHER CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 2018

 

Background

The Governing Body of St John Fisher Catholic Primary School wishes to advise you of their intention to alter the lower age limit of the school to create a Foundation 1 (nursery) class from 1st September 2018.  This action will be taken under the guidance from the Department for Education to accompany the School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013 and (Establishment and Discontinuance of Schools) Regulations 2013 which came into force on 28th January 2014 and permit Governing Bodies of all categories of mainstream school to make certain changes to their schools without following a formal statutory process.

 

The Proposal

The Foundation 1 (Nursery) provision will be for (twenty six) places (full time equivalent) with children admitted the term after their third birthday. The age range of the school will therefore be 3-11 from the start of the 2018/19 academic year.  Places will be available to families in receipt of free childcare through the government’s Extended Childcare Offer.  There will be an admissions policy to co-ordinate the allocation of places.

 

The Governing Body has identified funding to create a Nursery Provision (Early Years Setting) within the school site and which meets the government’s school accommodation guidance regarding the size and physical requirements for a Nursery/Foundation 1 Class.

 

The School’s Reception Class admission number of 30 will not be changed as a result of this proposal.

 

How to Respond

The Governing Body of St John Fisher Catholic Primary School want to ensure that parents and any other interested parties have sufficient opportunity to give their views. You are invited to submit comments in writing about the proposal above to: The chair of Governing Board, St John Fisher Catholic Primary School, Tithebarn Road, Knowsley Village, Knowsley, L34 0HA.

 

Alternatively, you may wish to e-mail: stjohnfisher.de@knowsley.gov.uk

 

Please submit any comments by 13th November 2017.  The Governing Board will next meet on Wednesday 6th December 2017 to consider the formal ratification of the change.

 

Yours sincerely,

Mrs M T Forrest

HEADTEACHER