Henry Prince CE(C) First School will become a primary school from September 2019, governors have announced.
After consulting with parents, the public and Staffordshire County Council, the governing body has made the decision to take pupils into Year 5 from September 2019, and into Year 6 from September 2020.
From then the school will be known as The Henry Prince C.E. (C) Primary School & Nursery.
In recent months the school consulted on closure as a result of falling pupil numbers. Through consultation, it was decided that the school to remain open after the local authority gave its support.
The conversion to a primary school will see the school attracting pupils who might otherwise choose other local primary schools. The school are now planning to formally request that pupils can move onto Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne at the end of Year 6.
From September 2018 the school will also be offering wrap-around care in conjunction with The Mulberry Bush Nursery and Ashbourne Community Transport.
Head Teacher, Mrs J Naylor, said: “This is an exciting time for the school and we are really looking forward to the challenge of extending the age range to include pupils up to the age of 11 by September 2020.”
Chair of Governors Chris Kinman added: “These two initiatives, extending the age range, and providing links to wrap-around care, are in direct response to the comments we heard from prospective parents and the wider community as to what they want to see the school provide. We must now hope they have the desired effect of persuading parents that our school, with its Ofsted Good rating, warm and welcoming atmosphere and excellent facilitates should be their first choice for their children.”
Staffordshire County Councillor Philip White, cabinet member for learning and skills said: “We have been working closely with the school and are confident that by becoming a primary and therefore extending the age range by an extra two years, this will help them become more financially sustainable and encourage more parents to want to send their children there. The school have also listened to local people throughout this consultation, and by providing links to breakfast and after-school clubs, they are ensuring the entire school community has a bright future.”
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