Issue details

19/00049 - Approve a change to the age range of Seal Church of England Primary School, Zambra Way, Seal, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0DJ site to include nursery provision for 2, 3 and 4 year old children from September 2019

Background:

 

At present, Seal Village Pre-School is located on the site of Seal Church of England Primary School and the majority of their children feed into the school through the KCC admission policy.  The proposal was that the Seal Village Pre-school become part of the school and is run as a maintained pre-school within Seal Church of England Primary School.

 

The pre-school has access to the grounds, however becoming part of the school would mean they have improved and increased access to all facilities within.

 

The school offers extensive CPD to staff and would aim to continue to develop the staff within the current pre-school. Through this new arrangement, the children within the pre-school would be given Forest School as part of their Early Years curriculum offer, along with the use of the school’s technology, resources and facilities. There would be greater transition for children from pre-school into Foundation Stage as they would be situated in a classroom next door within the main building.  The pre-school would be located within the new building planned to be built this year and this will give the children more space and a nicer environment in which to thrive.

 

There is no capital cost to KCC. The Pre-School will be governed by the school’s governing body and members of the current management committee will be invited on to the Governing Body, so the Pre-School are appropriately represented.

 

This proposal will not create additional provision on site; as such it will not attract additional road traffic to and from the school. The staff will remain the same within the nursery, however they will be employed by the school and contracted to Kent County Council rather than the privately-run pre-school. The existing Pre-School will dissolve its charity and as part of a TUPE process, the staff will transfer over and be part of the school.

 

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education is asked to agree to approve a change to the age range of Seal Church of England Primary School, Zambra Way, Seal, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0DJ site to include nursery provision for 2, 3 and 4-year-old children from September 2019.

 

Decision type: Key

Decision status: For Determination

Division affected: Sevenoaks North & Darent Valley;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 24/06/2019

Decision due: Not before 23rd Jul 2019 by Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education

Lead director: Keith Abbott

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: Ian Watts, Area Education Officer – North Kent Tel: 03000 414302 Email: ian.watts@kent.gov.uk Tel: 03000 414302.

Consultees

A consultation was held from 7 May 2019 to 4 June 2019, including a drop-in session on 13 May 2019.  There were two attendees at the drop-in session, but no consultation responses were received.

 

Mr Roger Gough has been informed of the proposal.  His comment was that Seal Church of England Primary School is a good school and the proposal to change the age range of the school to include nursery provision has his support.

 

This matter was discussed at the Children’s, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee meeting on 28th June 2019.

Financial implications: There is no capital cost to KCC. Funding will be according to the Early Years Funding Formula. The existing staff will be retained, however they will be employed by the school and contracted to Kent County Council rather than through a privately run pre-school. The existing Pre-School will dissolve its charity and as part of a TUPE process, the staff will transfer over and be part of the school.

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