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

Notice ID: MF0246792

Notice effective from
9th November 2017 to 9th December 2017

Essex County Council

A proposal to close Ghyllgrove Community Infant School and a related proposal to enlarge

the capacity and lower the age range of Ghyllgrove Community 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 Ghyllgrove Community Infant School (Community), The Gore, Basildon, Essex, SS14 2BY on 31 August 2018.

All statutory consultation requirements in respect of this proposal have been complied with.

It is anticipated that pupils attending Ghyllgrove Community Infant School at the time of closure will transfer onto the roll of the current Ghyllgrove Community 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 Ghyllgrove Community Infant School and Ghyllgrove Community Junior School share the same site, 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 Ghyllgrove Community 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 Ghyllgrove Community Junior School (Community)The Gore, Ghyllgrove, Basildon, Essex, SS14 2BG from 7 to 11 to 4 to 11 years of age;



(b) enlarge the premises of the school to increase its physical capacity to 510 places by taking over the current site of Ghyllgrove 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 240 and the proposed capacity will be 510. Data for May 2017 show that there were 180 pupils on roll at Ghyllgrove Community Infant School and 224 pupils on roll at Ghyllgrove Junior School. If the proposals are implemented the enlarged Ghyllgrove Community Junior School, providing education for pupils aged 4-11, will operate on the sites of the current infant and the existing junior school, which share the same site. 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: essex.gov.uk/ statutoryproposals

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: 9 November 2017

Explanatory Notes

1. The proposals to close Ghyllgrove Community Infant School and to enlarge the premises to increase the physical capacity and lower the age range of Ghyllgrove Community 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, Ghyllgrove Community Infant School will be discontinued on 31 August 2018.



Attachments

MF0246792.pdf Download

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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