Proposal to change the age range of Wingate Infant School from 4-7 to 4-11 from 1 September 2018 to create a Primary School and to close Wingate Junior School as a Registered School on 31 August 2018.Notice ID: BR3362419
Proposal to change the age range of Wingate Infant School from 4-7 to 4-11 from 1 September 2018 to create a Primary School and to close Wingate Junior School as a Registered School on 31 August 2018.
Notice is given in accordance with Section 19(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that Durham County Council intends to make a prescribed alteration to Wingate Infant School (Community), Church Street, Wingate, TS28 5AQ and to close Wingate Junior School (Community), Wellfield House, Moor Lane, Wingate, TS28 5BA.
It is proposed to amalgamate Wingate Infant and Junior Schools into a single primary school across the existing sites of Wingate Infant and Junior Schools from 1 September 2018. This will be achieved by changing the age range of Wingate Infant School from 4-7 to 4-11 from 1 September 2018 to create a primary school from that date and by closing Wingate Junior School as a registered school on 31 August 2018.
The proposal reflects the work being done across County Durham to bring separate Infant and Junior Schools together where appropriate to form primary schools so children can benefit from primary education in one school rather than changing schools at age 7. Amalgamating the schools will lead to a larger and more viable education establishment to enhance education provision in the community of Wingate for the long term. The current capacity of Wingate Infant School is for 155 pupils. The current capacity of Wingate Junior School is for 204 pupils. The capacity of the proposed primary school will be for 359 pupils. The proposed admission number for the proposed primary school will be 51.
At present Wingate Infant School is judged as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted and Wingate Junior is judged as 'Good'. The council believes that amalgamating the two schools will lead to a model of education that benefits children and their families and the proposal will therefore not have any negative impact on the standard of education provided to children in these schools. All services fromthe existing schools forthe local communitywill continue to be provided if the schools become a primary school. This Notice is an extract from the full proposal. Copies of the complete proposal can be obtained from: Mr Graeme Plews, School Places and Admissions Team, Children and Young People's Services, Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UJ. It is also available on the County Council's website at www.durham.gov.uk/consultations. Within four weeks from the date of publication of this proposal any person may object to or make comments on the proposal by sending them to Mr Adam Williams, School Places and Admissions Team, Children and Young People's Services, Business Reply Service, Licence No. DU63 (Freepost), Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5BR. Objections and comments can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Margaret Whellans, Corporate Director Children and Young People's Services Publication Date: 11 January 2018