Consultation on school catchment area changes which affect: Botley CofE (Controlled) Primary School, Freegrounds Infant School and Freegrounds Junior School

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Hampshire County Council is currently reviewing local school catchments to take account of the planned new housing in the area including a new Primary Free School on Boorley Park

Hampshire County Council has been in discussion with Botley CE (Controlled) Primary School, Freegrounds Infant and Freegrounds Junior School, Wildern Academy Trust (sponsor of the new primary free school at Boorley Park) and the Dioceses of Portsmouth and Winchester in order to consider appropriate catchment arrangements for each school.

Description

Hampshire County Council is currently reviewing local school catchments to take account of the planned new housing in the area including a new Primary Free School on Boorley Park. Hampshire County Council has been in discussion with Botley CE (Controlled) Primary School, Freegrounds Infant and Freegrounds Junior School, Wildern Academy Trust (sponsor of the new primary free school at Boorley Park) and the Dioceses of Portsmouth and Winchester in order to consider appropriate catchment arrangements for each school.

New Primary School at Boorley Park

The new housing developments at Boorley Park and Crows Nest Lane currently fall within the catchment area of Botley CE Primary School. Wildern Academy Trust, as the admissions authority for the new free school, will conduct a separate consultation to establish admission arrangements for the new school. Subject to the outcome of that consultation HCC anticipates moving the new housing at Boorley Park and Crows Nest Lane into the admissions arrangements for the proposed new free school on Boorley Park. For families in the affected area with children already in Botley CE Primary School the following transitional arrangement will be put in place:

  • Children starting school for the first time who have a sibling on roll at Botley CE Primary School who was on roll prior to the catchment change and will still be on roll at the time of the younger child’s admission, will be given catchment priority for Botley CE Primary School up to and including admission in September 2024.

It is proposed that the catchment boundaries be redrawn for school admissions from September 2019 onwards.

Boorley Green

Boorley Green is currently in the catchment area of Botley CE Primary School. Due to the close proximity of the new free school planned to open on Boorley Park in 2019 we propose to create a shared catchment arrangement whereby children from Boorley Green would be in the catchment area for Botley CE Primary School and the new primary school on Boorley Park. Wildern Academy Trust, as the admissions authority for the new free school, will conduct a separate consultation to establish admission arrangements for the new school but have agreed in principle to this arrangement. It is therefore proposed that, subject to the outcome of the consultation by Wildern Academy Trust, these catchment arrangements would be implemented for school admissions from September 2019 onwards.

Land East of Sovereign Drive and Precosa Road

The new housing development proposed on land East of Sovereign Drive and Precosa Road currently falls within the catchment area of Botley CE Primary School, however the new housing would be closer to Freegrounds Infant School and Freegrounds Junior School and therefore it would be more convenient for children from this development to access these schools.

Hampshire County Council wishes to consult on two catchment change options:

  1. To create a shared catchment area for both Botley CE Primary School and Freegrounds Infant School and Freegrounds Junior School encompassing the new housing on the land East of Sovereign Drive and Precosa Road.
  2. To move the catchment area of Freegrounds Infant School and Freegrounds Junior School to include new housing on the land East of Sovereign Drive and Precosa Road. For families in the affected area with children already in the existing catchment schools transitional arrangements will be implemented as follows:
  • Transitional arrangements for admission to Botley CE Primary School: A child starting school for the first time who has a sibling on roll at Botley CE Primary School who was on roll prior to the catchment change and will still be on roll at the time of the younger child’s admission will also be given catchment priority for Botley CE Primary School up to and including admission in September 2024.

It is proposed that the catchment boundaries be redrawn for school admissions from September 2019 onwards.

Boorley Green and new school at Boorley Park

Land East of Sovereign Drive and Precosa Road Option 1

Land East of Sovereign Drive and Precosa Road Option 2

Further Information

Subject to approval the catchment change will be implemented for September 2019 admissions. Should the catchment change be implemented all details will be updated in the schools admission policies and on Hampshire County Council web pages to reflect this change.

Any comments on these proposals should be sent to Mark Saunders, Strategic Development Officer, Children’s Services Department, Hampshire County Council, Elizabeth II Court North, The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UG or by email to strategicplanningunit@hants.gov.uk no later than 24 November 2017. Any comments received will be considered as part of the statutory consultation on admission arrangements which takes place between 04 December 2017 and 20 January 2018. A final decision which takes account of the statutory admissions consultation will be made by the Executive Member for Education in February 2018. Details of the statutory admissions consultation can also be viewed via this website.