Monday 25th March 2019
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14/03/2019 - Proposed merger of Cheynes Infant and Sundon Park Junior Schools

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Merger

The governing bodies of Cheynes Infant and Sundon Park Junior Schools agreed last week to proceed with a proposal to merge to create a single primary school for children aged 4 to 11 years from 1 September 2019.

The council routinely explores merging schools in the event of an infant/junior headteacher retiring and was recently made aware that the headteacher of Cheynes Infant School will retire at the end of the academic year.
 
The governing bodies were asked to consider whether an amalgamation of the two schools to create one primary school would be appropriate.
 
There will be the same number of pupils under this proposal and there are no planned reductions to
the number of staff as part of the proposed merger.
 
Creating a new primary school offers many benefits including better continuity to pupils in terms of
curriculum and school ethos; increased opportunity to share resources and expertise; achieve
economies of scale in terms of the procurement of goods and services and assist with the recruitment
and retention of staff.
 
Both schools carried out a pre consultation (21 January to 1 March) with staff, parents and other
members of their local community to determine views on the proposed merger.A statutory notice will be published in the local media this week and the proposal will be published on the council’s consultation portal to give all interested parties further opportunity to express their views.
 
The consultation will run from 14 March to 11 April. 
 
Councillor Mahmood Hussain, portfolio holder with responsibility for children and young people said:
“There are many benefits to gain from this proposal from continuity of learning for the pupils without the added stress of having to change schools at the end of year 2 to sharing the good practices from both schools.
 
"However the governing bodies and the council would like to hear your views and the easiest way to give your feedback is by completing a simple form online.
 
"Paper copies are also available at Sundon Park Junior and Cheynes Infant Schools or by calling David Singh, Education Provision and Planning Manager, on 01582 548228.”
 
For more information and to view the proposal visit our consultation portal.
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