Winsford High Street Primary School consultation - stage two

This consultation is now closed.

Proposal to make a prescribed alteration to Winsford High Street Community Primary School

School and Local Authority details

This proposal to make a prescribed alteration to Winsford High Street Community Primary School, High Street, Winsford, CW7 2AU from 1 September 2017 is being published by Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council, HQ Building, 58 Nicholas St, Chester, CH1 2NP.Contact Name and Address: Carolyn Davis, Senior Manager, Education Infrastructure. (HQ Floor 1), 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE.

The proposal

It is proposed to permanently expand the school from a capacity of 315 places to 525 places from September 2017.

Consultation

An informal public consultation was carried out by the local authority during the period 26 September 2016 to 23 October 2016. A public meeting was held at the school on 6 October 2016

The outcome of the consultation was reported to Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council’s Director of Education on 1 November 2016. The report includes a summary of the written responses received.

Description of alteration and evidence of demand

It is proposed that the school is permanently enlarged to 525 places. The school has grown without statutory consultation from a capacity of 315 pupils to have a capacity for 420 pupils. It is now proposed to further increase the physical capacity to 525 places. From September 2017 it is proposed that up to 75 pupils will be admitted on a permanent basis into Reception and that there would be subsequent growth in all year groups until the capacity of 525 places is reached.  The school will be provided with additional classrooms to accommodate the expansion. Other accommodation is being developed to ensure an adequate infrastructure for present and future proposed numbers.

Analysis of future demand for school places captured through collation of school planning data that analyses local birth rates, recent and proposed housing developments and patterns of parental preference suggests that this provision is required to ensure a local sufficiency of primary school places.  

Objective

This proposal seeks to ensure that all children are able to access a local school of their parent’s preference that is judged by Ofsted to be ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’. Ofsted consider this to be a ‘Good’ school.   The school is currently over-subscribed in all seven of its year groups based upon a capacity of 315 pupils; and in three year groups based upon a capacity of 420 pupils. Up to 75 pupils have been admitted into each reception cohort for the past three years. It is proposed that admission to this number be made permanent leading to an increased capacity of 525. The permanent formalisation of the cumulative growth in pupil numbers at the school will mean that parents continue to able to secure a place for their children when this is the school of their preference.

The effect on other schools, academies and educational institutions within the area

Since this measure seeks to formalise and make permanent the cumulative growth in pupil numbers at this school it is not considered that a decision to permanently increase the capacity of the school to the numbers admitted in recent years will create detriment to other local schools. The school is located in the town centre and has traditionally drawn pupils from all areas of the town. Anticipated future housing growth and yield from recently completed housing developments suggests that a school of this size in this location will meet parental preference and that there will be a sufficient number of pupils to sustain all other schools in Winsford.

Project costs and indication of how these will be met, including how long term value for money will be achieved;

The budget for the project is set at £1.3m. Appropriate funding has been identified within the Education Funding Agency Basic Needs funded element of Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council’s capital programme. The school is making a substantial contribution to the cost of the project. The contract for building works was competitively tendered.

Implementation and any proposed stages for implementation

Planning approval for this scheme has been granted and works are already underway to remodel accommodation inherited from the former Verdin Institute to make it more fit for educating primary-aged children in the 21st century. Should the Cabinet Member for Children and Families approve the proposal it is proposed that cohorts of up to 75 children will be admitted into all year groups on a permanent basis from September 2017 until the capacity of 525 children is reached.

The procedure for responses: support; objections and comments

A public notice was published in a local newspaper on Wednesday 7 December 2016 and is available on the Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council’s website:

Within six weeks from the date of publication, any person may send in a response supporting, objecting or commenting on the proposal;

The closing date for objections and comments is Wednesday 18 January 2017
 

 
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