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Foundation 1 Consultation

The consultation period has now ended. 

Diocese of Sheffield Academies Trust

NOTICE of application to make a prescribed alteration to THE AGE RANGE AT St Thomas C of E primary Academy


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Part 5 and 6 of the Education and Inspections Act 2011 and section 28(1) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 that The Diocese of Sheffield Academies Trust, intend to make a prescribed alteration to the school by changing the age range from 4-11 to 3-11 years with effect from 1st September 2020.


The school currently has a Foundation Stage 2/Reception classroom and there is sufficient space within the existing unit to allow for younger pupils to be admitted to the Foundation Stage Unit.


The school will have 210 places (FS2/Reception-Y6) with a Foundation Stage 1 Unit that can accommodate up to 64 part time pupils or 32 full time. The admission number of 30 to the school (Reception onwards) will remain unchanged. 


The children who attend Foundation Stage 2/Reception provision at the school have previously accessed their Foundation Stage 1 entitlement at a range of schools and providers.  The creation of a Foundation Stage 1 class will enable them to access their Early Years Foundation Stage 1 and 2 provision in the same setting (subject to admissions criteria for FS2/Reception). This will free up capacity at other providers to enable more children to access their entitlement and to increase availability of places for two year olds to meet the future demand from the increased entitlement since September 2013 and the extended free hours for Foundation children starting in 2017.


The consultation process ends on April the 3rd any person may object to the proposals by sending their objections in writing to The Chair of Governors, St Thomas’ C of E Primary Academy, Meadow View Road, S64 5UA or to the Chief Executive Officer of the Diocese of Sheffield Academies Trust, Flanderwell Early Excellence Centre, Greenfield Court, Flanderwell

Rotherham, S66 2JF by the closing date.


Mr A Brewerton – Chair of Governors

Mr A Waldron – Chief Executive Officer of the Diocese of Sheffield Academies Trust.


Date of publication of notice:

25 February 2020