It’s the Finlay countdown
Gloucestershire County Council and Finlay Community School are asking people to have their say on plans to permanently increase the school’s intake from September next year.
The Gloucester based school offer places for boys and girls aged 4-11. They currently have 30 reception places each year and capacity for 210 pupils.
The proposal is to permanently increase the reception year intake at Finlay by 30 places from September 2019 to create a two-form entry primary school.
As part of the county council’s statutory duties, the council must ensure there are sufficient primary school places to meet demand.
In 2012 and 2016 the school temporarily increased its intake by an additional 30 pupils in reception to meet demand in the local area. In September 2018, the school will temporarily increase its intake again by an additional 30 pupils – offering 60 Reception places in total.
Recent data shows that this growth trend will continue. The headteacher and governors of Finlay have agreed to consult on a proposal to permanently expand the school to meet this demand.
Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for growth, skills and the economy at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It is very important that our schools have the capacity to meet future demand. Proposals for a permanent expansion will help us manage the number of young pupils in Gloucester and the surrounding areas.
“This consultation is a great opportunity for people to share their views on the proposed expansion and I would like to encourage as many people as possible to get involved”.
Cllr Kate Haigh, county councillor for Coney Hill and Matson said: “The chance to go to a local County Primary school with family, friends and neighbours is important to families in my division and so this is great news for White City and other nearby residents. More places in this popular school are welcome and I hope that people come along to the consultation to hear about the plans.”
The consultation has launched and will run until Friday 6th July 2018. There will be a public drop-in session held at Finlay Community School Wednesday 20th June from 3-6pm.
The consultation can completed online here: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/finlay