Fradley Park Consultation Report

Section 10 Consultation Report

Executive Summary

Fradley Park Primary and Nursery School is a non-selective, non-denominational primary school in the pre- opening phase with a planned opening date of September 2022. The school will be part of the John Taylor MAT, a multi-academy trust that operates John Taylor High School, John Taylor Free School, Paulet High School and Kingsmead School (secondaries), together with Thomas Russell Infants Schools, Yoxall St. Peter’s CE Primary School, Rykneld Primary School, The Mosley Academy, Shobnall Primary School, Walton on Trent CE Primary School, Winshill Village Primary and Nursery School, Needwood CE Primary and All Saints’ Rangemore CE Primary, and Church Gresley Infant and Nursery School (primaries).

This report details the initial engagement with our stakeholders, as well as the formal Section 10 consultation.

Fradley Park Primary and Nursery School will offer a broad, balanced, high quality curriculum, underpinned by exceptional support, care and guidance to equip its children with the knowledge, experiences, skills and attributes to enable success into the next phase of their formal education. The school will be a learning hub for the wider community, seeking to contribute to cohesion in an area of new housing development with limited alternative local amenities.

John Taylor MAT has engaged with a wide range of stakeholders including prospective parents, local residents, and members of the local and educational community since the pre-opening phase of the proposed free school and has continued to consult with these stakeholders regularly and in a variety of ways. The initial engagement period with stakeholders commenced in Autumn 2018 when we submitted our initial application to the local authority. The S10 statutory consultation ran from 10th March 2021 to 21st April 2021, during which time formal feedback was sought. Due to national restrictions on gatherings and travel as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, this engagement was primarily via e-mail, web link, ‘Zoom’ live streamed remote online presentation and other mechanisms that ensured the compliance and safety of the public and JTMAT’s free school team. Inevitably, this has compromised some engagement, and we will look to rectify this when restrictions are lifted.

All stakeholders have responded very positively throughout this period. We would like to thank all those who have taken the time to give feedback.

CEO’s Blog: “You blow in one end, and move your fingers up and down the outside.”

It was wonderful to see our schools full again earlier this month when, in accordance with the national ‘roadmap’ all children were enabled to return – re-joining their classmates, vulnerable and key worker children, who had remained in our schools throughout. 

This return, like so many of our activities in schools, was only possible as a result of meticulous planning and attention to detail.  This included revised risk assessments, clear communications, and the introduction of new procedures – not least lateral flow testing.  I want to thank all my colleagues who have helped make the return of the full complement of our school populations such a positive experience, and thank our parents and children for just how brilliant they have been in their re-engagement with the expectations and requirements of the traditional school day. 

Such attention to detail extends through to all our staff, irrespective of their roles.  Our teachers and pupil support staff have been tailoring their planning to accommodate the learning needs of children who will have had a diversity of experiences of home learning and in-school provision.  Our site teams and administrative colleagues have been making adjustments to sites, managing matters such as financial changes, reprographics, first aid requirements, letters home and calendar changes.  Everyone has been examining their own responsibilities, and those of colleagues around them, to ensure nothing is missed. 

Like the clichéd swan on the lake, we see only the serenity above the surface and not the effort underneath.  This effort is supplemented, of course, by vast amounts expertise and experience – again which goes largely unseen. 

In a pastiche of children television from the era, the Monty Python comedy team performed a sketch, their own “take” on BBC’s Blue Peter, entitled “How to do it”, in which the presenters share incredibly superficial help for children to achieve amazing feats such as how to secure global peace, how to construct box girder bridges and – infamously…

“How to play the flute:  Well, you blow in one end, and move your fingers up and down the outside!” 

“Great, Alan.  And next week….”

Simply because we don’t always see the detail, or have it explained to us, does not mean that something is without complexity.  We all see things in our lives “from afar” and sometimes when a task is executed with real skill we may even note that the individual to be admired “makes it look easy”.  We know in reality that it is not.  Playing the flute requires mastery of facial muscles, a detailed understanding of musical notation, empathy with the composition and perfect timing – together with the lung capacity (‘blow in one end’) and manual dexterity (‘move your fingers up and down’) alluded to by “Alan” in “How to do it.”  So it is with our schools and those who work within them.  They too may make it look easy – and I hope they do – but I can confirm that it is anything but!

Thanks for reading. 

Mike

Fradley Park Consultation

Statutory Consultation
Fradley Park Primary and Nursery School, proposed to open in September 2022.

Consultation Period: Closed

Consultation Period: 12 noon Wednesday, 10th March 2021 – 12 noon Wednesday, 21st April 2021

Consultation Events

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our Zoom drop-in Consultation Events to find out more about the primary and nursery school and ask any questions:

Welcome

John Taylor Multi Academy Trust will establish a primary and nursery school between Burton on Trent and Lichfield, Staffordshire in order to meet a demonstrable and increasing need for primary school places in the locality, created by new housing developments.

Our proposal, endorsed by local schools, Staffordshire County Council and the Regional Schools Commissioner (West Midlands) will ensure effective provision for local demographic growth, and we plan to admit 26 children into the school’s nursery and 30 children into Reception in September 2022.

This new school is a core part of Staffordshire County Council’s on-going education provision.

Staffordshire County Council

This Statutory Consultation gives us the opportunity to continue to seek the views of prospective parents, students and stakeholders, giving them the opportunity to help shape the primary school so that it meets the needs of the Staffordshire community.

Thank you for your interest.

JTMAT Fradley Park Free School Team

Your views and feedback are very important. 

Please take the time to read this page and complete the questionnaire, or download a copy and return it by post. You can also email us at consultation@fps.jtmat.co.uk

The consultation period ends at 12 noon on Thursday, 21st April 2021, so we would appreciate your views and feedback by this date.

Our Vision

John Taylor Multi Academy Trust wishes to build on the success of its ten primary phase schools and its existing Free School and use their expertise and educational leadership in the area to replicate many of the key areas of the curriculum in the new primary and nursery school. The Trust will encourage a wide range of youth, community and sports groups to use the school facilities to enable all age groups to come together and access its excellent facilities.

The Trust will facilitate summer schools, weekend activity courses and some learning opportunities for the local community.

The curriculum for the new school will mirror many of the successes of the broad and balanced curriculum on offer across our schools and build on the Ofsted-praised ‘STRIPE’ (Self Manager, Team Worker, Reflective, Innovate and Create, Participate, Enquirer) skills curriculum that enables children to become independent learners with excellent attitudes to their own development and progress. The new free school will follow and further develop the high quality pupil leadership programmes at all levels, as enjoyed by pupils and students across the Trust.

Fradley Park Primary and Nursery School will collaborate closely within the family of schools that is the John Taylor Multi Academy Trust. It will participate in Trust-wide arts, sporting and academic events and projects, and its staff will benefit from Trust-wide professional development opportunities, delivered by the Teaching School Hub and the Staffordshire Research School, both of which come under the auspices of the Trust.

The Trust already has strong relationships with business, charities and universities. We will use these relationships and expertise to enable the school to encourage all children, whatever their background, to achieve their very best.

The School will:

  • Have an inclusive approach that offers the best education for all local 3-11 year olds.
  • Be non-selective, welcoming children of all faiths, social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Offer a broad, balanced, high quality curriculum, underpinned by exceptional support, care and guidance.
  • Be a learning hub for the wider community, seeking to contribute to cohesion in an area of new housing development with limited alternative local amenities. Referencing the Fradley Neighbourhoods Plan 2017-2029, we would welcome the opportunity for the school to be used in the first instance to support some of the gaps identified such as a Library and inside sporting area.
  • Work effectively alongside the many neighbouring schools, both primary and secondary.
  • Equip its children with the knowledge, experiences, skills and attributes to enable success into the next phase of their formal education and beyond.
  • Further the innovative culture of John Taylor Multi Academy Trust, through the extension of our strengths: securing high achievement and progress, the acquisition of key learning skills, and the development of leadership attributes and experiences –both within and beyond the taught curriculum.

Admission Arrangements

The school has 26 nursery places available, and an admission number of 30 for entry into Reception (i.e. one form of entry). The school will accordingly admit this number of pupils if there are sufficient applications. Where fewer applicants than the published admission number(s) for the relevant year group are received, the Academy Trust will offer places at the school to all those who have applied.

The school will process applications within the normal local authority process for co-ordinating school offers. When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.
  2. Children previously in care outside of England or Wales who ceased to be in care because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
  3. Priority will be next given to children resident within the priority area of the school, a copy of which can be obtained from the school office or Staffordshire County Council.
  4. Priority will be next given to the siblings of pupils attending the school at the time the application is received. Where an elder sibling is in Year 6, siblings will not be prioritised under this criterion.
  5. Children who are attending the nursery at Fradley Park Primary and Nursery School, which is based at the school, and who are in receipt of the Early Years Pupil Premium.
  6. Children who have a parent who has been directly employed by Fradley Park Primary and Nursery School with a permanent contract and for a minimum of 0.5 FTE for at least 2 years at the point of application, or who have been recruited to fill a vacant post for which there has previously been a difficulty with recruitment or retention. The Headteacher of the school will confirm whether or not there has been difficulty with recruitment or retention for the post-holder.
  7. Other children arranged in order of priority according to how near their home addresses are to the main gate of the school determined by a straight-line measurement.

Tie-break

If necessary, random allocation undertaken by the local authority will be used as a tie-break in categories 2-7 above to decide who has highest priority for admission if the distance between a child’s home and the academy is equidistant in any two or more cases.

The Local Authority uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to calculate home to school distance in miles. The measurement is calculated using Ordnance Survey (OS) data from an applicant’s home address to the main front gate of the school. The coordinates of an applicant’s home address is determined and provided by the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and OS Address Point data.
Random allocation will not be applied to multiple birth siblings (twin and triplets etc.) from the same family tied for the final place. We will admit them all, as permitted by the infant class size rules and exceed our PAN.

A full copy of the admission arrangements is available at www.jtmat.co.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a free school?

Yes. Free schools are independent, state funded schools. They have the same legal status as academies.

Will the school be able to make a profit?

No. The school will be operated on a not-for-profit basis by John Taylor Multi Academy Trust. The school will be run by the Headteacher and their leadership team and they will be answerable to the Local Governing Body and Trust Board.

Where will Fradley Park Primary and Nursery School be situated?

We will open off Halifax Avenue, Fradley in September 2022

Will the school be selective?

No. Fradley Park Primary and Nursery School will welcome children of all abilities, of all faiths and none. All free schools have to follow the Admissions Code in the same way as all state-funded schools and our inclusive admissions policy will at all times be open, transparent and fair.

Why are you proposing to open with only nursey and Reception classes?

Our proposed intake reflects the pre-opening requirement set by the Department for Education (DfE). When starting a new school, we believe that it is really important to nurture the first year and establish the culture of the new school. To take children of other ages would require them moving from their current school.

Will funding the school mean there will be less money for other provision in the area?

No. Funding for the school will be equivalent to the funding of other maintained schools and academies in the local authority area. The opening of the school does not mean that the overall funding available in the area goes down. However, the total funding an individual school receives will depend on the number of pupils attending.

Will Fradley Park Primary and Nursery School be inspected by Ofsted?

Yes. The school will be subject to inspection in the same way as other maintained schools and academies. All new schools are inspected by Ofsted before they open.

Have you chosen a headteacher for Fradley Park Primary and Nursery School?

A search is currently underway to appoint an exceptional leader for Fradley Park Primary and Nursery School. The position will be advertised widely and we will settle for nothing less than a truly outstanding candidate.

How will the school be accountable?

The school will be run by a Local Governing Body accountable to John Taylor Multi Academy Trust, who oversee it. In addition, the school will be accountable to the Department for Education through the terms of its Funding Agreement.

How can I apply for a place?

Full details of the admissions procedure are published on the Trust’s website www.jtmat.co.uk.

Questionnaire