Expansion plan for Aylsham school

Just Regional
May 31, 2016 2 mins read

One of Aylsham’s schools wants to make two significant changes to the way it is run – including extending the age range it serves – and is asking the community for its views.

St Michael’s Nursery and Infant School in Aylsham currently provides for children aged from three to seven years old.

It wants to extend the age range to 11 years old, creating a primary school.

There would be a phased approach beginning in September 2017, extending one year group every year until pupils reach year 6.

A projection contained within the consultation documents publicly available shows that this could mean growth of the infant school from 96 children in 2016/17 to 199 children in 2020/21. This does not include the nursery children.

The other change in the pipeline is to switch status from VC (voluntary controlled) to VA (voluntary aided) from January 2017.

This would see a change in the make up of the governing body and a change in the responsibility for admissions, but there would be no change to the curriculum.

At its last Ofsted inspection in late 2014 the school was rated ‘good’ across the board, with an ‘outstanding’ mark for the behaviour and safety of pupils.

There will be open meetings at the school on June 29, at 3.30pm and again at 6pm, where the proposals will be explained in more detail and people will have the opportunity to ask questions.

A detailed consultation document, which contains an opportunity to register your views, is available on the school’s website explaining more: www.stmichaelsaylsham.co.uk.

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