To seek approvalon the proposal to amalgamate Loose Infant School and Loose Junior School, Maidstone, by closing the current Infant and Junior Schools and establishing a three form entry, single community primary school for children aged 4 to 11 years.
The proposals can be implemented without the need for significant capital expenditure as the new primary school could operate as an all-through school on the existing Infant and Junior school sites.
As a result of an amalgamation the two predecessor schools will become one school and consequently this would result in the removal of one of the lump sum funding allocations (£120,000). The amalgamated school would continue to be funded at 100% of the two lump sums for the remainder of the 2014/15 financial year from September 2014 to March 2015. The School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2013 provide funding protection for amalgamating schools for the first academic year. Therefore, it is proposed that protection will be provided on the lump sums at 85% from April 2015 to March 2016. (2 x £120,000 x 85% = £204,000). From April 2016 the amalgamated primary school would receive one lump sum, currently £120,000.
It is proposed that all teachers and support staff employed at Loose Infant School and Loose Junior School (at the time of the proposed amalgamation) will transfer to the primary school.
Decision type: Non-key
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Division affected: Maidstone Rural South;
Notice of proposed decision first published: 03/03/2014
Department: Education & Young People's Services
Contact: Kevin Shovelton, Director Education Planning & Access 01622 694174 and 01622 525330 Email: email@example.com, Jared Nehra, Area Education Officer - West Kent Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial implications: Jared Nehra, Area Education Officer, West Kent 01732 525330 Jared.email@example.com Kevin Shovelton, Director of Education Planning and Access 01622 694174 firstname.lastname@example.org
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