Decision details

Amalgamation of Ascot Heath Infant and CE Junior Schools

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Children, Young People & Learning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To receive the outcomes of the consultation and decide on the precise proposal to amalgamate Ascot Heath Infant and Ascot Heath CE Junior Schools into a new Primary School with effect from 1 September 2019.


      i.        That the outcomes of the consultation are noted.


     ii.        That the possible amalgamation of Ascot Heath Infant and CE Junior Schools should move to the next stage of Representation (formal consultation).


    iii.        That the Representation stage should be based on an amalgamation progressing, with the route to becoming a primary school being to extend the age range of the Infant School and to close the Junior School.


   iv.        That the Proposal, attached as Annex 3, is agreed subject to any detailed changes.


    v.        That once the Primary School is established, the Council will work with the Governing Body and the Diocese to undertake another consultation with the local community to ensure that all parents have an opportunity to express their thoughts about potential Voluntary Controlled church status.


Reasons for the decision:

      i.        92% of respondees to the consultation supported an amalgamation.


     ii.        45% of respondees opted to extend the age range of the Infant School and to close the Junior School.  Specific benefits of this approach were recognised by respondees in their comments.

Alternative options considered:

Not to progress with amalgamation proposals, meaning that both current schools continue as separate organisations and the possible benefits are not realised.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Financial Impact: In the long term savings are envisaged.

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Making Representations: In writing to the Director of Children, Young People & Learning.

Other reasons / organisations consulted

A formal notice will be published followed by a 4 week period of ‘representation’ (formal consultation)


Parents, children, staff, governors and the wider community

Contact: Graham Symonds, School Sufficiency and Commissioning Manager Email: Tel: 01344 354067.

Publication date: 26/10/2018

Date of decision: 26/10/2018

Effective from: 03/11/2018

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