Proposal to expand Windmill Primary School, Oxford to 3 form entry.

THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Oxfordshire County Council are proposing to expand Windmill Primary School to become 3 forms of entry, with an admission number of 90 on a permanent basis.  The formal admission number for 2013 has already been published at 60, but if this proposal is approved the school will admit 90 children in 2013. The school’s admission number can only now formally change from September 2014. 

If it is decided to permanently change the admission number to 90, there will be a need for more classrooms to be built.  A detailed feasibility study has begun, which looks carefully at the school’s site and buildings to see how these additional classrooms and supporting spaces could best be provided.

We think that this is a very popular and successful school at the heart of its community, which should expand to meet local demand. We want to know your views about whether you are happy to see the school grow.

 

Why do we want Windmill Primary School to grow?

Demand for primary school places in Oxford has risen rapidly over the last few years, and many schools have grown in response. There are over 300 more Reception places in 2012 than there were in 2006 – the equivalent of 10 additional classes.

High demand for places at Oxford primary schools in general, and at Windmill Primary School in particular, is predicted to continue. Windmill’s site and buildings are suitable for expansion, and there is a shortage of school places in the Headington area. If Windmill Primary School grows, more children will attend their first choice primary school.

If Windmill Primary School does not grow, in 2013 it will return to admitting 60 children per year. More applications will be unsuccessful, and some children will have to travel further to go to school.

The proposed expansion of Windmill Primary School is one part of the County Council’s strategy to increase the number of school places in Oxford. This strategy includes expansions already underway; other expansions still being explored; and new schools, including “Free Schools” and, in the longer term, new schools as part of major housing developments included in Oxford City Council's Local Plan.

A report summarising all consultation responses will be submitted to the County Council Cabinet before a decision is taken whether to proceed with the expansion proposal. The report will be available from the Meetings Calendar section of the website a week in advance of the Cabinet meeting. It is currently hoped that the report will go to the Cabinet meeting on 27 November, but if the consultation responses require additional work to be done before the Cabinet decision, it may instead be considered on 18 December.

If, on the basis of this consultation, the County Council decides to proceed with the expansion proposal, there will be a 4 week opportunity to register formal objections in January/Fenruary 2013, before a final decision is taken by the County Council Cabinet.

If you are applying for a school place for your child to start Reception in September 2013, please be aware that the admission number for the school is currently 60. If the expansion proposal is approved, the intention is to increase the admission number to 90 for September 2013.

Additional information

A meeting was held to discuss the proposal at the school on 20th September 2012. The Notes of the meeting have been verified as accurate by the Headteacher and governors of the school and are available here:Notes from meeting at school 20th September 2012

Notes from the second meeting at the school on 16th October 2012 are available here: Notes from 16th October Meeting Windmill School

 

Information about school premises standards is available from the Department for Education. This includes:

Oxfordshire County Council's annual Pupil Place Plan provides information on the present and predicted future pupil numbers on roll at all schools, together with information about birth rates, school capacity, and new housing. The plan analyses changes in the number of school places available over the last year and it suggests where other changes may be necessary in the future. The plan also sets out our policies on school organisation and the statutory framework for making changes such as opening, closing or enlarging schools. Please note that the Plan is in the process of its annual updating and revision.

Statistics on F1 (Reception) places offered at Windmill Primary School at the “late” allocations stage:

·         For 2012 entry, the school received 116 first preferences, and was allocated 90 Reception children. Of these, 70 lived within the school’s designated area. Of the children offered a place who live outside the school’s designated area,  7 were siblings of children already at the school. The other children lived between 0.3 and 0.6 miles from the school.

·         For 2011 entry, the school received 92 first preferences, and was allocated 90 Reception children. Of these, 46 lived within the school’s designated area. Of the children offered a place who live outside the school’s designated area,  9 were siblings of children already at the school. The other children lived between 0.2 and 1.0 miles from the school.

·         For 2010 entry, the school received 84 first preferences, and was allocated 60 Reception children. Of these, 35 lived within the school’s designated area. Of the children offered a place who live outside the school’s designated area,  19 were siblings of children already at the school. The other children lived between 0.4 and 0.6 miles from the school.

·         For 2009 entry, the school received 85 first preferences, and was allocated 60 Reception children. Of these, 44 lived within the school’s designated area. Of the children offered a place who live outside the school’s designated area, all 16 were siblings of children already at the school. Four siblings were not offered a place.  

A Kingston-Upon-Thames Council briefing paper, investigating the relationship between size of school and its effectiveness, is available to view here

How you can respond to this consultation

You can respond in one of four ways:

This consultation has now closed.

Timeline

  • Opened
    10 Sep 2012 at 00:00
  • Closed
    22 Oct 2012 at 23:59

Consultation Documents

Details

Contact Name Diane Cameron
Contact Email Address diane.cameron@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 01865 816445
Contact Postal Address School Organisation & Planning
Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall
FREEPOST

Consultation Topic
  • Education & learning
Target Audience
  • Families and parents
  • Councillors
  • Schools
Geographical Area
  • Oxford City