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A proposal to close The Wickford Infant School and a related proposal to enlarge the capacity and lower the age range of Wickford Junior School, to allow it to become an all through primary school

Notice ID: MF0223794

Notice effective from
29th June 2017 to 29th July 2017

Essex County Council
A proposal to close The Wickford Infant School and a related proposal to enlarge the capacity and lower the age range of Wickford Junior School, to allow it to become an all through primary school
Notice is given in accordance with the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that Essex County Council, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1GS intends to make the following changes: Part 1 In accordance with section 15(1) of the Act, to close The Wickford Infant School (Community), Irvon Hill, Wickford, Essex, SS12 0AQ on 31 August 2018. All statutory consultation requirements in respect of this proposal have been complied with. It is anticipated that pupils attending The Wickford Infant School at the time of closure will transfer onto the roll of the current Wickford Junior School which, under related proposals (see Part 2 of this notice), will be enlarged and its age range lowered to become an all through primary school. Alternatively, admission may be sought to other schools in the area that have places available. Since the sites of The Wickford Infant School and Wickford Junior School adjoin, separated by a road with a crossing, no specific arrangements are proposed for the travel of displaced pupils to other schools. There are sufficient primary school places available within a two mile radius of The Wickford Infant School to enable local families to continue to walk, cycle, or use public transport to attend school. Transport arrangements for pupils attending alternative schools will be in accordance with the County Council’s published policy. However, individual cases will be considered on their merits. Part 2 In accordance with section 19(1) of the Act, to make the following prescribed alterations: (a) change the age range of pupils attending Wickford Junior School (Community), Market Road, Wickford, Essex, SS12 0AG from 7 to 11 to 4 to 11 years of age; (b) enlarge the premises of the school to increase its physical capacity to 564 places by taking over the current site of The Wickford Infant School. Both of these proposed alterations will take effect from 1 September 2018. All statutory consultation requirements in respect of this proposal have been complied with. The current capacity of the school is 384 and the proposed capacity will be 564. Data for January 2017 show that there were 181 pupils on roll at The Wickford Infant School and 386 pupils on roll at Wickford Junior School. If the proposals are implemented the enlarged Wickford Junior School, providing education for pupils aged 4-11, will operate on the sites of the current infant and the existing junior school, which adjoin. This Notice is an extract from the complete proposal. Copies of the complete proposal can be obtained from The School Organisation Team at the address provided below or at: http://tinyurl.com/ EssexCCStatProps Within four weeks from the date of publication of these proposals, any person may object to, or make comments on, the proposals by sending them to: The Director, Education c/o School Organisation, Infrastructure and Environment, Essex County Council, PO Box 4261, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1GS, or via email to school.organisation@essex.gov.uk Signed: Clare Kershaw Director, Education Essex County Council Publication Date: Thursday 29 June 2017 Explanatory Notes 1. The proposals to close The Wickford Infant School and to enlarge the premises to increase the physical capacity and lower the age range of Wickford Junior School to enable it to become an all through primary school are related. 2. A copy of the County Council’s Home to School Transport policy can be obtained from The School Organisation Team at the following addresses: School Organisation, Infrastructure and Environment, Essex County Council, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1QH, or via email to school.organisation@essex.gov.uk. 3. In accordance with section 15(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006, The Wickford Infant School will be discontinued on 31 August 2018. Essex County Council

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Essex County Council

County Hall , Market Road , Chelmsford , Essex , CM1 1QH

http://www.essex.gov.uk/Pages/Default.aspx 0845 743 0430

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