Proposal – To open a small nursery unit at MAPLE COURT ACADEMY


To lower the age range of Maple Court Academy, from 4 to 11 years to 3 to 11 years, from September 2022 to ensure the school meets the needs of local families, and provides an education to pupils below reception age.

The Trustees of Alpha Academies Trust & Governors of Maple Court Academy is consulting with you on the proposal to lower the admissions age of Maple Court Academy to enable us to have a nursery on our school site.
This proposal will ensure a consistent approach to learning for our youngest children, and enable us to meet some of the needs of the local community in relation to Early Years educational provision. From research carried out we believe our nursery would help provide families with school based full-time provision.

The proposed nursery would be situated in the current Ark provision (which is currently used for our younger children as a nurture provision) and has access to an outside area. It would be a small nursery unit with a maximum capacity of 30 children per session.
We appreciate many families with and without children, our neighbours, local residents and current Early Years providers will have a number of questions. Mrs Brammer, Executive Principal, together with the Steering Group and Governors have put together a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) style information sheet attached to this letter. We hope that this may answer some of your initial queries.

Nursery consultation extended until Friday 28th January 2022

Consultation Timeline:

Date Action
15.10.21 Decision to proceed with process for opening of nursery class.
8.11.21

Closes 28.01.22 (Further period of extended consultation)

Consultation period (1 month)
Week Commencing 6.12.21 Analysis of responses received during the consultation

Decision on whether to proceed to publication of statutory notices

Week Commencing 13.12.21 Publication of statutory notices
Week commencing 13.12.21 – ending 17.1.22 Four-week representation period following publication of statutory notices
January 2022. Decision on whether to proceed

 

 

What are the next stages in the process?
There are two sections to this consultation that we would like your opinion on:

  1. Your opinions in response to the proposed Nursery and the lowering of the school age range from 3 to 11 (from 4 to11 currently)
  2. A questionnaire (Survey Monkey) specifically about the nursery provision to enable use to consider possible structures and support in meeting the needs of the community.

Responses will be received throughout the consultation period of four weeks – from Monday 8th Monday 2021 to Monday 6th December 2021. Results will be analysed and the school will publish the outcome on its website.

How can I respond to this consultation?

Please complete the consultation response form and return to the school. Alternatively, please email the school at office@maplecourt.uk

To complete the questionnaire specifically about the nursery provision please follow the link – https://forms.office.com/r/3dwUzN09K1

If you would like to speak to someone in person regarding the proposals, Mrs Brammer, Executive Principal or Mrs Minshall, Assistant Principal  or Mr S Bradbury, Chair of Governors would be more than happy to talk with you. Please telephone the school office on 01782 970293 to arrange a convenient time.

Please note this is a currently a consultation process and no final decision upon whether a nursery will be opened, has yet been made.

Regards
The Trustees of Alpha Academies Trust & Governors of Maple Court Academy

Documents:

Maple Court Nursery Consultation 2021

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