Primary school expansions

In January 2015 the Council’s Cabinet agreed a revised School Place Planning Strategy, to provide additional school places, on a permanent basis, to help meet forecast demand.

Barnes Primary School

The consultation has closed on proposals to make 'prescribed alterations' to Barnes Primary School to:

  • Expand from two to three forms of entry, i.e. to increase its published admission number from 60 to 90
  • Establish a specialist resource provision at the school for up to 14 children with Education, Health and Care Plans whose main presenting needs are Autistic Spectrum Disorders and associated complex needs

In order to consider and discuss with schools the large volume of objections it has received, principally to the expansion proposal, we have decided, in accordance with statutory guidance, to withdraw the proposals to expand Barnes Primary School and to establish a statutory resource provision for children with ASD and associated complex learning needs.

We intend to make fresh proposals in May to make 'prescribed alterations' to the school.

Please note that the proposed expansion of the school would not have increased the number of Reception places available within the local area, as it would have provided a direct replacement for the 30 places currently being provided by the three local Catholic primary schools' 'shared form of entry arrangement', which will cease after the September 2018 Reception intake.

Updated: 12 March 2018