Proposal to open a new school by amalgamating Christ Church C of E Infant School and Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries

Closed 26 Feb 2020

Opened 22 Jan 2020

Feedback Updated 11 Mar 2020

We Asked

Do you agree with the proposal to create a new school, amalgamating Christ Church C of E infant school and Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries

You Said

 

  • The majority of respondents do not agree with the proposal (63%)
  •  32% of all responses were from parents of pupils currently at both schools
  •  The majority of parents of pupils at Christ Church C of E Infant School disagree with the proposal (68%)
  • The majority of parents of pupils at Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries agree with the proposal (58%) 
  • Some respondents commented on the new school being a church school with 29 in support of the idea and 40 against.
  • Out of the 70 responses from parents of pupils at both the current schools only 21 made comments in relation to the religious designation of the new school, 16 were for the school being a Church of England school and 5 were against.

We Did

On 10 March 2020 Julie Iles, Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning, approved the recommendation to progress to statutory notices.

Statutory notices will be published from 11 March to 22 April 2020

The Leader of the Council will make a final decision on 12 May 2020

Overview

Surrey County Council, in partnership with the Diocese of Guildford and the Governing Bodies of Christ Church C of E Infant School and Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries, is proposing to open a new school by amalgamating the two schools into a single institution from September 2020. It is proposed that the new school would be a voluntary aided Church of England school and would be situated on the existing site of Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries.

 Following the legal framework to amalgamate the two schools, we are proposing the technical closure of both of the existing schools in order for a new voluntary aided school with religious character to be opened. 
 

Therefore in order to amalgamate Christ Church C of E Infant School and Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries:

  1. Surrey County Council and the governing body of Christ Church C of E Infant School are proposing the closure of Christ Church C of E Infant School
  2. Surrey County Council and the governing body of Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries are proposing the closure of Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries
  3. The Diocese of Guildford is proposing the opening of a new voluntary aided school with Church of England character under section 11 of the Education and Inspection Act 2006 on the site of Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries.

The result would be a new Voluntary Aided Infant School opening on 1 September 2020, accommodating pupils from Year R to Year 2. The school would have a PAN of 60 in Year R and continue the nursery provision currently provided by Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries.

Surrey County Council, the Diocese of Guildford and the Governing Bodies of Christ Church Infant School and Englefield Green Infant School would like to know what the community thinks about this proposal. The consultation will open on Wednesday 22 January 2020.

A public meeting is planned at Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries on Thursday 30 January at 6pm

A public meeting is planned at Christ's Church CofE Infant School on Tuesday 11 February at 2pm

All are welcome to attend.

 

Why We Are Consulting

We are now undertaking a consultation on this proposal to close Christ Church C of E Infant School and Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries and open a new voluntary aided Church of England School. The Related Documents below contain the detailed proposal and published consultation.

Please let us know what you think about the proposals

- either by completing the Online Survey

- or by using the response form in the Related Documents below.

The deadline for submitting consultation responses is on Wednesday 26 February 2020.

What Happens Next

The responses to this consultation will be reviewed and a report will be written for the Cabinet Member for All Age Learning meeting on 10 March 2020 where a decision will be made on whether to proceed with statutory notices.

We plan to publish statutory notices on 11 March and the formal representation period will end at 12pm on 22 April

A final decision will be made by the Leader of the Council on 12 May 2020.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Young people
  • Children in care
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Councillors, MPs
  • Children with disabilities
  • Headteachers

Interests

  • Schools
  • 0-5 year olds
  • 6-11 year olds
  • Commissioning
  • Parents and families
  • Staff