Consultation re: Expansion of Heyford Park Free School

Heyfordian School Trust

Consultation  re: Expansion of Heyford Park Free School

 

The Proposal

It is proposed to permanently expand the school from a capacity of 60 places in secondary to 120 per year from September 2026 and from 60 in primary per year to 105 from September 2023.  This proposal is subject to obtaining planning agreement for the new accommodation that the school will require in order to expand as part of the local masterplan.

 

Description of alteration and evidence of demand

Heyford Park Free School is currently a 2 form entry all through school serving Heyford Park and the surrounding villages.  Heyford Park is a development site which has a planning application for a masterplan to develop beyond the current original consent,  which requires as part of the S106  additional school places in primary of 1.5 classes per year group, and 2 additional classes at secondary.  The master plan requirement is 3.5 form secondary – (PAN 90.)  However, operationally and wider demand requires 4 form entry which is supported by the school, OCC and Trust.

It is proposed that the school is permanently enlarged increasing the published admission number (PAN) of the primary phase of the school from 60 to 105 for Reception Year entry September 2023 and a PAN of 120 for the secondary phase from September 2026. The published admission number for subsequent years would be 60 and the school would grow over a seven year period to reach a total capacity of 1445 for primary and secondary.   The school would be provided with additional classrooms and outside space to accommodate the expansion. Other modifications will be provided to facilitate the additional numbers.

 

Impact and objectives

  • The expansion would provide a local school for the Heyford and Heyford Park community with the secondary offering choice to students in local village primary schools. The timing of the expansion of primary is sensitive locally, OCC, the developers and Trust are aware of this and have taken this into account within planned timeline using OCC projected school required places.
  • The phasing of expansion at both primary and secondary phase will ensure that the expansion does not impact on other local schools. The additional 15 places at secondary support the local primaries offering a local choice to the children from villages surrounding Heyford Park whilst avoiding parents from outside Heyford Park opting into the primary phase to attend Heyford Park Free School and impacting on rural school places.
  • As a two form entry school, the financial constraints have provided a challenge that, whilst the school has met, would be mediated with the expansion of the school creating a secondary phase within the school that is financially sustainable.
  • Within the secondary phase a 4 form entry school offers the potential for curriculum choice that a 2 form entry secondary phase finds a challenge meeting.
  • Continuity already provided through the all through provision at Heyford Park Free School will be sustained with the expansion of both phases.
  • The school will be organised as two primary sites with  secondary students moving across the two  sites as is already the case.

 

The effect on other schools, academies and educational institutions within the area

The gradual expansion of the school would ensure a minimum impact on other schools and academies in the

locality.  Some of the schools in Bicester have had to admit pupils over their published admission numbers in order to provide places for local children.  This proposal will help to relieve this pressure.

 

Consultation

The consultation notice was published on HPFS website on 23rd September 2019.

 

Within four weeks from the date of publication, any person may send in a response supporting, objecting or commenting on the proposal to the clerk for the Trust, Mrs Kate Akkerman via email kakkerman@heyfordparkfreeschool.org.uk or by addressing FAO: Mrs K Akkerman, Heyford Park Free School , 74 Camp Road, Heyford Park, Oxfordshire, OX25 5HD.

 

The final date for sending in written representations is Monday 4th November 2019.

 

There will be an open meeting as part of our annual Parent & Community Conference on Thursday 10th October 2019, 6pm at Heyford Park Free School.

 

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Feedback:

Please provide feedback on:

 

Should the trustees of Heyford Park Free School submit to the Regional Schools Commissioner a bid to expand:

  • both primary and secondary
  • Just secondary, please indicate how you would like the additional primary places needed offered.
  • Any feedback you believe is relevant

 

The alternative is for a Trust to set up a separate primary school at Heyford Park and secondary age students to travel to Bicester with the extra places being offered in Bicester.  Please feedback if this would be your preferred option.

 

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