Consultation on school catchment area changes which affect: Bursledon CE (Controlled) Infant School, Bursledon Junior School, Netley Abbey Infant School and Netley Abbey Junior School

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Hampshire County Council is reviewing the school catchments in the area to take account of the planned new housing

Hampshire County Council have been in discussion with Bursledon CE (Controlled) Infant School, Bursledon Junior School, Netley Abbey Infant School, Netley Abbey Junior School and the Diocese of Winchester and Portsmouth in order to consider appropriate catchment arrangements for each school.

Description

The new housing development proposed on Land South of Bursledon Road, Land at Jurd Way/West of Hamble Lane, Land North of Cranbury Gardens and Berry Farm currently falls within the catchment area of Netley Abbey Infant and Netley Abbey Junior School. However the new housing is closer to Bursledon CE Infant School and Bursledon Junior School and therefore more convenient for children to access those schools.

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

  1. To form a shared catchment area for Bursledon CE (Controlled) Infant School, Bursledon Junior School and Netley Abbey Infant School, Netley Abbey Junior School to include the new housing developments proposed on Land South of Bursledon Road, Land at Jurd Way/West of Hamble Lane (Kingfisher Grange), Land North of Cranbury Gardens and Berry Farm.
  2. To form a shared catchment area for Bursledon CE (Controlled) Infant School, Bursledon Junior School and Netley Abbey Infant School, Netley Abbey Junior School to include the new housing developments proposed on Land South of Bursledon Road, Land at Jurd Way/West of Hamble Lane (Kingfisher Grange), and Land North of Cranbury Gardens.
  3. To move the catchment area boundary of Netley Abbey Infant and Netley Abbey Junior School so that new housing on Land South of Bursledon Road, Land at Jurd Way/West of Hamble Lane (Kingfisher Grange), and Land North of Cranbury Gardens sit within the catchment area of Bursledon CE Infant School and Bursledon Junior School.

Hampshire County Council propose that the catchment change is implemented for school admissions from September 2019 onwards.

Transitional arrangements for option 3 are proposed by the County Council to mitigate the impact of this change for families currently living in the affected area with children already in the existing catchment schools, as follows:

  • Transitional arrangements for admission to Netley Abbey Infant School: A child starting school for the first time who has a sibling on roll at Netley Abbey Infant School or Netley Abbey Junior 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 Netley Abbey Infant School up to and including admission in September 2024.

Transitional arrangements for admission to Netley Abbey Junior School: A child starting junior school for the first time who has a sibling on roll at Netley Abbey Junior 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 Netley Abbey Junior School up to and including admission in September 2021. In addition any child on roll at Netley Abbey Infant School as an in-catchment pupil will be will also be given catchment priority by Netley Abbey Junior School.

Proposed Catchment change options:
Option 1
Option 2
Option 3

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.