The school has significantly more open space than required for the size of school and the number of students that we currently have or can reasonably anticipate, even taking into account growth due to the proposed development. We are required to formally assess the playing field area in accordance with government defined criteria, including consideration of the needs of other schools within a mile radius (based on the same criteria) and the amount of space that the school would require if student numbers were at a maximum. The assessment has confirmed that we will still have significantly more playing field area than required, even after disposal of 3.29 acres (1.33 hectares), as proposed.
The trustees currently consider that disposal of this portion of land would be in the best long-term interests of the school. However, it is important that we establish the views of stakeholders on the proposal.
Trustees are keen to encourage all stakeholders to respond, indicating whether you are for or against the proposal. The views shared in this consultation period will be considered by the trustees prior to a final decision being made.
While we require your name with your comment in order to ensure the authenticity of comments received, we will ensure anonymity of any information subsequently made public. A summary of the findings from the consultation and the decision taken by the trustees will be published on the school’s website. It is expected that this will be within approximately one month of closure of the consultation period, depending on the extent and nature of comments received.
If, following this consultation, the trustees decide to proceed with the sale, an application will be submitted to the Department for Education for formal approval of the disposal, as required by the Academies Act 2010.