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school_fullState funded provision of Schools in the Bloxham community

 Context – mainly from “OCC Pupil Place Plans to 2016/17”

School provision throughout Oxfordshire is organised within “partnership arrangements” .

The Bloxham Partnership includes the Warriner Secondary School and the feeder Primary Schools in Bloxham, North Newington, Adderbury, Deddington, Steeple Aston, Hornton, Shennington, Sibford Gower and Wroxton.

Demographic changes:-

Office for National Statistics (ONS) 2010-based Subnational Population Projections show that if future levels of births, deaths and migration continue the trends observed over the previous five years, the Oxfordshire primary cohort will continue to grow by another 8% by 2018, with the secondary cohort starting to grow from 2013.

Changes in the pattern of participation in state school education:-

The requirement will be that all young people remain in education or employment with training up to the age of 18. It is likely that there will be an increase in young people staying on in schools as well as other training options. This coincides with the current increase in primary age children starting to reach the secondary sector.

There is also some anecdotal evidence that the percentage of children educated in the state sector rather than independent schools has grown in recent years. This appears to be affecting some schools more than others: in particular, small village schools in affluent areas are reporting that previous patterns of children transferring from the state to independent sector at key ages have changed.

Policy on spare school places:-

Not all unfilled school places can be considered “surplus”. The Audit Commission advises that some margin of spare school capacity is necessary to provide some flexibility for unexpected influxes of children and expressions of parental preference.

The Audit Commission does not recommend a single level of spare places that would be appropriate, but has stated that 10% spare capacity is generally agreed as the level providing both good use of resources and an opportunity for parents to express a preference (Audit Commission School Places Tool, 2010).

Local current provision

At Bloxham Primary

Provision for 420 places in 2012, but 410 pupils recorded in October 2012

i.e. a buffer of only 2%.

at Warriner

Provision for 1,140 places in 2012, but 1,128 pupils recorded in October 2012

i.e. a buffer of only 1%.

In essence these schools are full.

 

Data Collection

The nominated contact for the Bloxham Partnership is Diane Cameron, Tel: 01865 816445,   email: diane.cameron@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Pupil Numbers

Given that projections (for the following three years) are produced annually for the Primary and Warriner Schools,  the 2012 based projections should now be readily available, and the 2013 projections should be available from August 2013, following their submission to DfE.

However, OCC’s recent  (June 2013) decision to remove free bus travel for some pupils is likely to have a substantial impact on the numbers of children using schools in Bloxham. It may be possible to make an assessment of the likely impact, but reliable projections may not be possible in the short term.

Issues and concerns

We need to find opportunities to engage local bodies/ groups (School Boards, PTA, Staff, Parents and Pupils) to establish the real problems and opportunities in the village.

Issues could include

Traffic Congestion around Schools

Air Pollution from Traffic Congestion around Schools

Safe travel to/from school (mini-bus service within village?)

Additional facilities/buildings in village needed/desired for use by pupils.

Opportunities for improved links between businesses and schools.

Learning opportunities in other village resources eg Slade nature reserve.

Other Factors

Extended (out of hours) use of School facilities by village residents.

Engaging Village Residents

Continue to drip feed via Broadsheet (Online and Paper)

Grandstanding at village events, eg  proposed Village Fete on Rec., Applefest events.   Plan for comprehensive input to Bloxfest next year

Drawing children (and their parents) into the “fun”  aspects of the BNDP

– photo competition on “likes, dislikes and wished-for in Bloxham”

– brief description (Story?) of their favourite rural aspect of Bloxham

Exhibiting the work of the “next generation” in the Broadsheets, at events ,  and in the final publication of the BNDP.

 

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