Update 16 March 2022
We are writing to confirm the current position of the Pershore Area Review consultation and next steps.
Worcestershire Children First intended to submit recommendations to Worcestershire County Council Cabinet in March 2022 presenting the Pershore Review consultation responses and feedback from individual school proposals and the next steps for the review.
At present, the recommendations are not finalised and Worcestershire Children First now intend to submit the proposal to the Worcestershire County Council Cabinet in April 2022 as the next opportunity. Worcestershire Children First, the Department for Education (DfE), the Multi-Academy Trusts and the Diocese of Worcester are continuing to work together to find a collective and collaborate solution. We are sorry that this is not yet resolved but we would like to assure you that all stakeholders are committed to finding a solution to make age range changes in the Pershore area.
We ask that all schools in Pershore communicate the above information to parent carers.
We will keep you regularly updated as proposals are secured.
Director for Education, Early Years and Children with Disabilities
Worcestershire Children First
Worcestershire County Council
Update 16 December 2021
The consultation on changes to schools in the Pershore area has now closed. The consultation ran from 11 October to 26 November 2021 and provided stakeholders with an opportunity to share views about what is important about age ranges of schools and transitions. Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Children First received a total of 270 responses from stakeholders, including parent carers, school staff, pupils, governing boards, local residents, other local schools and interested stakeholders. We are grateful to all those who took the time to respond. Alongside individual school Governing Bodies and Multi-Academy Trusts we will be reviewing the responses received and recently held a workshop with Pershore schools to discuss the main findings of the consultation to inform the next steps.
We will now present the consultation responses and feedback from individual school proposers to Cabinet in February 2022. We will notify you when the report is published. Individual school proposers (where the Governing Body can propose a change) and Academy Trust proposers continue to work closely with the Local Authority to form proposals alongside the Cabinet report process.
Consultation on changes to school system in Pershore launched
A public consultation on proposals to change age ranges, amalgamate schools and expand pupil numbers at a number of schools in the Pershore area has been launched.
Schools in Pershore have asked for age ranges of the schools to be reviewed and changes to be coordinated for there to be a clear and consistent education pathway for children in this education planning area .
The consultation runs from 11 October to 26 November 2021 and marks the first opportunity to have a say about what is important about age ranges of schools and transitions.
The results of the consultation will be discussed at February’s Cabinet before a final decision is made for the Local Authority Maintained schools. The Regional Schools Commissioner and some Governing Bodies will also need to make final decisions in February in relation to other schools.
Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We really want to hear the views of parents, carers, pupils, school staff and residents on the proposed changes. The County Council and Worcestershire Children First have been liaising with Pershore schools and Academy Trusts for some time now about the current school system in Pershore and their desire for a coordinated approach to change of age ranges that is clear and consistent for children and families. The responses we receive will allow proposers and decision makers at the very earliest stage to ensure the needs of current residents as well as communities for generations to come will be met.”
Following a direct approach from schools in the Pershore area in Autumn 2020, there has been a technical analysis to evaluate the risks and issues relating to the current organisation of the schools in the planning area.
The education provision in Pershore has tended to follow a three-tier journey, where pupils attend first schools from age 4-9, transfer to middle schools at age 9-12 and then transfer to high school at age 12 to complete their education.
Changes to schools in the Pershore education planning area over several years has led to uncertainty and sustainability concerns across the education planning area as there now exists a mixture of two-tier and three-tier with some schools in this area already converted to primary and secondary schools.
The creation of additional places in years 5, 6 and 7 as a result of the approved changes has resulted in an unsustainable level of surplus/excess places in these year groups.
Those schools that have already completed the transition will make no further changes.
For more information and to have your say on the proposals please visit: https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/pershorereview