Hampshire County Council is proposing to expand Northern Junior School to allow them to offer 60 places for Year 3 (age 7+) which will allow the school to cater for a total of 240 pupils.
The school needs to be expanded to cater for the additional pupils admitted into the infant school from 2016 and will therefore provide the same number of places per year group as the infant school. It is intended that the changes are made for the 2019 academic year.
Hampshire County Council has a statutory duty to provide school places. Owing to an increase in the number of children in the infant school there is a need for additional school places to be provided at the junior school.
Where a Local Authority proposes to permanently enlarge a school’s capacity by 25% or more it must follow a procedure set out by the Department for Education.
The purpose of this consultation is to seek the view of consultees on the principle of enlarging the school to meet the demand for additional school places in the local area. We understand that you may have some questions regarding the reason for the school being expanded to accommodate additional pupils and whether there will be an impact on travel to and from the school.
This consultation will run from 12 June to 24 July 2017. Officers will then take into consideration all the consultation responses received before deciding whether the proposal should continue to the formal publication stage.
The next stage of the process would involve the publication of the statutory Public Notice setting out Hampshire County Council’s intent to enlarge the school. If it is approved to move to the next stage, it is anticipated that this will be published in September 2017.
Once the Public Notice is published there will be a four week period in which any representations can be made to the local authority. After the conclusion of this period the County Council will decide whether or not to proceed with the proposal. It is anticipated that a decision will be made in November 2017.
A drop-in session where you will be able to discuss the proposal with County Council officers will take place on 13 July 2017 between 3pm and 6pm at Northern Junior School.
If you are unable to attend this session or visit the above website and wish to make a comment then please write to Glenn Parkinson, Strategic Development Officer, Children’s Services Department, EII Court North, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UG or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by 24 July 2017.