We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We asked

Do you agree or disagree with the proposal for additional lighting, widening the path and creating a new surface on Dagley Lane as part of a proposed active travel scheme?

You said

Analysis of the results showed very little support for additional lighting, widening the path or adding a tarmac surface to Dagley Lane. Many residents were keen to keep Dagley Lane as natural as possible and there were concerns around disrupting the local wildlife. However, there was support for improving the surface of the path to improve accessibility, particularly at certain points where there are steps or excess mud. 

We did

We have revised our proposals, removing additional lighting and a tarmac surface from plans. We will instead now use a gravel type surface that is more in keeping with the rural nature of Dagley Lane. The path will no longer be widened but some essential cutting back of areas that are very overgrown will take place. We will continue to work closely with Surrey Wildlife Trust who will assist us with delivering the scheme with minimal disruption to the environment.

 

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to expand St Peter and St Paul Church of England Infant School from September 2022? 

You said

There were 230 responses to the consultation. Respondents were asked “Do you agree with the proposal to expand St Peter and St Paul CE Infant School from September 2022?” and were given the option to select Agree, Disagree or Don’t know. In total out of all the responses 89.13% agreed, 8.7% disagree and 2.17% don’t know.

We did

The Cabinet Member for Education and Learning has given approval of the Statutory Notice, and the education proposal to expand and change the age range of St Peter and St Paul Church of England Infant School from September 2022. 

A permanent planning application for the expansion will be pursued and determined in accordance with relevant planning legislation.

We asked

 

Do you agree with the proposal to expand St Andrew's Catholic School?

 

 

You said

A total of 601 responses were received and analysed.  Of the 601 responses, 96.5% agreed with the proposal, 3.16% disagreed with the proposal and 0.33% did not know or offer a position.

We did

We will now approach the Lead Cabinet Member for approval of the proposal to expand St Andrew's Catholic School.

 

We asked

 Do you agree with the proposal to remove boarding provision from Sunnydown School from September 2021?

You said

There were 67 responses to the statutory notices from a variety of external stakeholders.

We did

We will now approach the Lead Cabinet Member for the decision whether to remove boarding provision from Sunnydown School from September 2021.

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to lower the school age at Stamford Green Primary School?

You said

There were no responses to the statutory notice

We did

We will now approach the Cabinet Member for approval of the proposal to lower the school age of children attending Stamford Green Primary School from September 2021

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to open a specialist centre at Chandlers Field Primary School from September 2021?

You said

There were no responses to the statutory notice

We did

We will now approach the Cabinet Member for approval of the proposal to open a specialist Centre from September 2021 at Chandlers Field Primary School

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to expand St Andrew’s Catholic School?

You said

A total of 1166 responses were received and analysed.  Of the 1166 responses, 98% agreed with the proposal, 1% disagreed with the proposal and 1% did not know or offer a position.

We did

We plan to publish statutory notices on Friday 14th May 2021. After the four-week statutory notice period we will approach the Lead Cabinet Member for approval of the proposal.

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to expand Freemantles to meet the increased demand for specialist placements for children with a primary need of Autism?

You said

A total of 38 responses were received and analysed.  Of the 38 responses, 85% agreed with the proposal, 8% disagreed with the proposal and 6% did not know or offer a position.

We did

We plan to publish statutory notices on 13 May 2021. After the four week statutory notice period we will approach the Lead Cabinet Member for approval of the proposal.

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to close the 6th form provision at The Priory Church of England (Aided) School? 

You said

A total of 43 responses were received and analysed.  Of the 43 responses, 25% agreed with the proposal, 70% disagreed with the proposal and 5% did not know or offer a position.

We did

We plan to publish statutory notices on Friday 14 May 2021. After the four-week statutory notice period we will approach the Lead Cabinet Member for approval of the proposal.

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to lower the age range at Stamford Green Primary School from 4 – 11 years old to 2 – 11 years old?

You said

There were 9 responses to the survey. 8 respondents agreed with the proposal and 1 respondent disagreed with the proposal.

We did

We plan to publish statutory notices on 13 May 2021. After the four week statutory notice period we will approach the Lead Cabinet Member for approval of the proposal.

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to open a specialist centre (SEN unit) at Chandlers Field Primary School?

You said

All 102 respondents who completed the survey agreed with the proposal

We did

We plan to publish statutory notices on 13 May 2021. After the four week statutory notice period we will approach the Lead Cabinet Member for approval of the proposal.

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to remove the boarding provision at Sunnydown School?

You said

A total of 57 responses from the informal consultation were received from a variety of external stakeholders.

We did

The consultation responses are now being reviewed and analysed and will be published next week.

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to expand Woodfield Secondary School by an additional 60 places for children who have Moderate Learning Difficulties, known locally in Surrey as Learning and Additional Needs (LAN), and who require a specialist school placement? 

You said

There were 5 responses to the statutory notice: 5 responses agreed with the proposal.

We did

We will now approach the Cabinet Member for approval of the proposal to expand Woodfield Secondary School from September 2021.

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to change the designation at Clifton Hill School from  a secondary Severe Learning Difficulty and Disability (SLDD) school to a split designation of Secondary SLDD and Complex Social and Communication (CSCN)?

You said

There was 1 response following the publication of the Statutory Notice. 1 response agreed with the proposal.

 

We did

We will now approach the Cabinet Member for approval of the proposal to  change the designation from September 2021 at Clifton Hill.

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to expand Woodfield Secondary School by 60 places, for children who have Learning and Additional Needs (LAN) and who require a specialist placement? 

 

You said

There were 20 responses following the publication of the Consultation: 16 respondents agreed with the proposal to expand Woodfield Secondary School by 60 places, 3 respondents disagreed and 1 ‘did not know’.

The majority of respondents acknowledged the benefit of expanding Woodfield Secondary School. 

We did

We have now proceeded to issue Statutory Notices, which commenced on Monday 22nd February 2021 and will end on Monday 22nd March 2021.

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to open a new specialist centre at The Orchard School from September 2021?

You said

There was 1 response to the statutory notice: 1 response agreed with the proposal.

 

We did

We will now approach the Cabinet Member for approval of the proposal to open a specialist centre from September 2021 at The Orchard School

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to change the designation at Clifton Hill School from  a secondary Severe Learning Difficulty and Disability (SLDD) school to a split designation of Secondary SLDD and Complex Social and Communication (CSCN)?

You said

There were 47 responses following the publication of the Consultation: 38 responses agreed with the proposal to change the designation at Clifton Hill school, 1 respondent disagreed and 7 ‘did not know’.

The majority of respondents acknowledged the benefit of changing the designation of the school.

We did

We will now proceed to issue Statutory Notices commencing on Monday 25 January 2021 and end on Monday 1st March 2021.

We asked

Surrey County Council, in collaboration with Bourne Education Trust, wanted to seek views on the proposal to expand Pyrcroft Grange Primary School from September 2022.

You said

The consultation on the proposed expansion has now closed and responses have been collated and analysed.

  • There were 61 responses in total
  • 50.8% of respondents agreed with the proposal
  • 47.6% of respondents disagreed with the proposal
  • 1.6% of respondents stated that they “didn’t know”

There was a narrow margin of agreement with the proposal, however those who disagreed were predominantly concerned about the negative impact the expansion would have on other schools in the area.

We did

Upon consideration, it has been agreed between the local authority, Pyrcroft Grange Primary School and Bourne Education Trust that it would be prudent at this stage to put the expansion plans on hold. In the meantime, pupil place forecasts do suggest there will be a deficit of places in Chertsey and the surrounding area in September 2022. If required, the local authority will liaise with schools in the area to consider where a temporary bulge class may be best placed to meet this demand.

The local authority is committed to ensuring there is a collegiate approach to school organisation in the area. Additional analysis is required to understand the level of demand coming forward from September 2023, and further consultation and discussions will be made as necessary.

 

We asked

Do you agree with the proposal to open a new specialist centre at The Orchard Infant School from September 2021? 

You said

There was a total of 10 responses and all 10 respondents agreed with the proposal. 

The consensus amongst the respondents is that this would provide ‘much needed’ places within a localised setting. Six of these respondents also mentioned the inclusive nature and dedicated staff working at The Orchard Infant School, which benefits children with SLCN. 

We did

We will now proceed to issue Statutory Notices commencing the 11th January 2021 and ending 8th February 2021 

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 did 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 disagreed with the proposal (68%)
  • The majority of parents of pupils at Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries agreed 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 November 2020 the Leader of the Council agreed the recommendations in the Leader of the Council Decision Meeting Report, to determine the statutory notices and that work should commence to close the existing infant schools on 31 August 2021 and open the new school on 1 September 2021

Reasons for recommendations:

Both Christ Church C of E Infant School and Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries have experienced a decline in admissions in recent years. This has meant there has been a surplus of places and the school budget has reduced as school budgets are based on the number of pupils on roll, in the schools. Forecasts are showing that whilst pupil numbers are expected to increase in more urban parts of Runnymede, they are not expected to increase in Virginia Water and Englefield Green.

The new infant school would work closely with the local junior school, St Jude’s C of E Junior School, with potential for a more formal partnership in the future.

The three schools share similar values and educational expectations, having worked closely for a number of years as part of a wider informal collaborative partnership of Church of England schools and schools affiliated with the diocese. Each school is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. By amalgamating the two infant schools, opportunities for further joint working with St Jude’s Junior School are offered in a more cost effective and strategic manner than at present with two separate infant schools. This will, in turn, make the school more sustainable in the long-term.

The educational vision of the new school is to build an outstanding school that meets the needs of children aged two to seven years in the community it serves.

This proposal is supported by the governors of Englefield Green Infant School and Nurseries, Christ Church C of E Infant School and St Jude’s C of E Junior School. The result of the amalgamation and continued collaboration with St Jude’s will be that there will be provision for 60 places for children in newly amalgamated infant school in Englefield Green from reception to year two matching the Published Admission Number (PAN) of 60 year 3 places at St Jude’s Junior School.