Consultation - Park View Infant School and Park View Junior School, Basingstoke

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Working closer together to improve education

The governing bodies of both Park View Infant and Park View Junior have contacted Hampshire County Council to discuss opportunities for both schools to work closer together following the recent inspection of both schools by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).

Following inspection by Ofsted it found that the infant school should be placed in special measures due to not meeting development expectations. Park View Junior School received a good judgement relating closely to the school’s positive leadership.

As a response to the Ofsted judgements the governing bodies and Hampshire County Council feel the best way forward is to re-organise the schools so that they become a primary school. The primary education model would result in one governing body overseeing the whole primary school, rather than separate Infant and Junior governing bodies. There are many advantages to joining both the Park View Infant and Junior schools together, some of which are listed below:

  • Greater continuity in planning the curriculum across the stages of education so that pupils make the best possible progress in learning
  • A consistent approach to the ways in which children are taught
  • Enhance teachers’ professional development through increased opportunities to teach across a wider age range within the same school
  • Removes the need for separate admission and transfer at the end of key stage 1 (infant to junior transfer)
  • Parents are able to develop a longer-term relationship with the school
  • Gives children the opportunity to work with or alongside younger or older pupils allowing them to put their own learning in context and develop important social skills
  • Removes potential disruption to children’s education when transferring from infant to junior schools.

The Governing Bodies of Park View Infant School and Park View Junior School have requested that Hampshire County Council consult with the schools’ community and other interested parties on the possibility of both schools becoming a primary school.

Park View Infant and Park View Junior consultation FAQs

The process

In order for both Park View Infant and Park View Junior schools to work together and operate as one primary school, there is a statutory process which needs to be followed.

Hampshire County Council is therefore proposing to amalgamate Park View Infant and Park View Junior schools, through the closure of Park View Infant and extension of the age range of Park View Junior to become a Primary School (4 – 11 years). Upon the implementation of this potential proposal, the school will continue to offer 90 places for Year R (age 4+). If agreed it is anticipated that this proposed change would take effective on the 1 January 2018. The nursery remains unaffected in this proposal.

Consultation - we want to hear your views

We want to hear your views on this proposal. We are therefore consulting with you and other interested parties to gain your views.

This consultation will run from the 27 June to 1 August 2017. A series of drop-in sessions have been arranged to take place at the Park View Infant and Junior school site.  At these sessions, you will have an opportunity to discuss the proposals with Hampshire County Council officers. Please see the table below for dates of the drop-in sessions:

 Date Time Location
 11/07/2017 15:00 - 18:00 Park View Infant School
 17/07/2017 08:00 - 11:00 Park View Junior School
 17/07/2017 15:00 - 18:00 Park View Junior School
18/07/2017 08:00 - 11:00 Park View Infant School

Officers will take into consideration all the consultation responses received before deciding whether the proposal should continue to the formal publication stage.

If the decision to proceed is made, a report will be taken to a future Executive Member for Education Decision Day seeking approval for a statutory Public Notice to be published setting out Hampshire County Council’s intent to close Park View Infant School and change the age range of Park View Junior School. It is anticipated that the Public Notice will be published in September 2017.

After the date of publication, there will be a four week period in which any representations can be made. After the conclusion of this period, the County Council will decide whether or not to proceed with the proposal.

If you are unable to attend any of the sessions detailed in this letter and wish to make a comment, please write to Glenn Parkinson, Strategic Development Officer, Children’s Services Department, EII Court North, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UG or e-mail strategicplanningunit@hants.gov.uk before the 1 August 2017.