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Queen Eleanor Primary School - Consultation

By Mrs Wallace - Headteacher Harby Parish Council (Nottinghamshire)

Thursday, 1 April 2021

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Proposal

To lower the age range of Queen Eleanor Primary School from 5 to 11 years to 3 to 11 years from September 2021, to ensure the school meets the needs of local families and children.

The Governing Body of Queen Eleanor Primary School is consulting you on a proposal to lower the admissions age to enable us to open a nursery class. This proposal will allow us to meet the needs of our local community in relation to early years education and will ensure a consistent setting and approach to learning for our youngest children.

Why are we proposing to lower the entry age of the children joining our school?

We want to support the government’s policy on providing early years education for children in the local area through a secure, stimulating and high quality early years nursery setting. This will complement our existing provision for children in our reception classes.

Our aim is that local children will attend the nursery and then successfully transition to our reception class. This will enable learning opportunities to be maximised across the early years for children from 3 to 5 years of age. 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.

Why are we consulting now?

The increased demand for school and nursery places in Newark and Sherwood, alongside the introduction of the 30 hours extended entitlement funding, means that there is a demand for more nursery places for local children. This has created an opportunity for a local solution to meet the needs of families who are already part of the Queen Eleanor Primary community.

Will the proposal have any impact on the school’s admission arrangements?

Currently we offer 10 reception places, each year, for local children. It is proposed that we would offer 10 full time places in the nursery.

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 our school community and future pupils would benefit from the lowering of our school age to allow for 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. However, our initial consultation demonstrated that the nursery places would be largely filled by siblings of those children already coming to Queen Eleanor Primary. The families would therefore be travelling together and not undertaking another journey.

What are the next stages in the process?

Responses will be received throughout the consultation period which ends on Monday 19th April at midday. These will be analysed and the school will publish the outcomes on its website.

How can I respond to this consultation?

Please email the school directly your response to the question:

Am I in favour of Queen Eleanor Primary School lowering its school age to accept nursery age children?

Mrs Wallace

Headteacher

Queen Eleanor Primary.

office@queenelanor.notts.sch.uk.

Contact Information

Mrs Wallace - Headteacher

Find Harby Parish Council (Nottinghamshire)

Harby, Harby, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 7EB

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