Planning STARS Schools for the Future Second Phase Consultation

Closed 12 Feb 2016

Opened 4 Jan 2016

Feedback Updated 22 Aug 2016

We Asked

An initial public consultation exercise was undertaken in 2015 regarding the principles that should underpin the development of any proposals for the reorganisation of schools in the STARS area and whether there should be a change to the age at which pupils transfer to secondary schools. 

After the responses to the first round of consultation had been taken into account, a second phase consultation on specific proposals for the future organisation of each individual school in the STARS area took place between 4 January and 12 February 2016.

The findings from the second consultation on proposed changes to the schools in the STARS area were considered in relation to the key objectives of improving children’s attainment within available resources. 

You Said

The following summary information has been collated in response to the questions in the online survey:

Do you support the proposals to the increase in the age range of the First Schools in the STARS area from 4-10 (years R-5) to 4-11 (years R-6)?

 

Support the proposal                                    44.26% (759)

Object to the proposal                                  43.62% (748)

Neither support or object to the proposal      12.13% (208)

Do you support the relocation of Thakeham First School from its current location to buildings appropriate for primary phase education in part of the current Rydon Community Campus in Rock Road, Storrington?

 

Support the proposal                                    21.57% (270)

Object to the proposal                                  61.28% (1051)

Neither support or object to the proposal      17.14% (294)

Do you support the proposals to close Rydon Community College and open a second site of the Steyning Grammar School in part of the current Rydon Community College Campus in Rock Road, Storrington, providing education provision for the age range 11-12 (years 7 and 8)?

 

Support the proposal                                    22.62% (388)

Object to the proposal                                  74.58% (1279)

Neither support or object to the proposal        2.80% (48)

 

We Did

Based on your responses, the Leader of the County Council felt that there was sufficient educational evidence to implement the planned proposals and notified the first schools of the outcome accordingly.

 

Official ‘statutory notices’ were published in relation to the proposal to close Rydon Community College which meant that a four week representation period opened. Representations could be made between 19 May and 16 June 2016. This formal representation period allowed people to make further comments.

 

During this formal representation period the Governing Body of Rydon Community College applied to the secretary of state to become an academy. On the 1 August 2016 the Regional Schools Commissioner confirmed that the Department for Education would not support the academy application. This means the final proposal to close the school and open a second site of Steyning Grammar School for Year 7 and 8 pupils will therefore be implemented in Sept 2017.

 

We were keen to understand your views and any potential impacts of the proposals, and all your responses were taken into account as part of the decision-making process.  On balance and having considered all the available evidence, the County Council concluded there was sufficient educational evidence to implement the planned proposals.

There will be a 12 month transition period now where we will work with the schools, the community and partners to make sure we have a strong, successful system in place for September 2017.

Overview

The STARS area (Amberley C of E First School, Ashington C of E First School, Storrington First School, Thakeham First School, St Mary’s C of E First School, Washington, West Chiltington Community School, and Rydon Community College) is the last remaining locality in West Sussex that still has an educational system where the age of transfer does not match the Key Stages within the National Curriculum.

During the summer of 2015 the County Council consulted the community on the principles relating to the proposed change in the Age of Transfer to secondary school to the age of 11 in line with the Key Stages of the National Curriculum. There was a full debate with parents, staff, governors and the wider community on the educational, demographic and financial drivers for change.

The comments and points raised during that consultation informed the development of some key values to guide our proposals.  We wish to draw on these to shape the future of schooling in the area.

We will be holding a number of Public Consultation Evenings for people who would like to come along and discuss the proposals in person.  Details are as follows:

 

12 January 2016, 18:00 - 19:30

Thakeham First School, The Street, Thakeham, RH20 3EP

 

13 January 2016, 18:00 - 19:30

Rydon Community College, Rock Road, Storrington, RH20 3AA

 

20 January 2016, 18:00 - 19:30

Steyning Grammar School, Shooting Field, Steyning, BN44 3RX

 

26 January 2016, 18:00 - 19:30

Ashington C of E First School, Foster Lane, Ashington, RH20 3PG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why We Are Consulting

Your opinions are important to us and we are keen to obtain your views on the following proposals:-

Increase in the age range from 4-10 (years R-5)   to 4-11 (years R-6) at
Amberley C of E First School,
Ashington C of E First School,
St Mary’s C of E First School, Washington,
Storrington First School and
West Chiltington Community School

Increase in the age range from 4-10 (years R-5)   to 4-11 (years R-6)   at
Thakeham First School, and relocate the school to buildings appropriate for primary phase education in part of the current Rydon Community College Campus in Rock Road, Storrington

Close Rydon Community College and open a second site of Steyning Grammar School in part of the current Rydon Community College Campus in Rock Road, Storrington, providing education provision  for the age range 11-12 (years 7&8)

 

You can find out more information on these proposals in the 'Planning STARS schools for the future: Second phase consultation' document below.  

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