St Peter's School Governors "Minded " to Close Nursery
Chair asks for comments before decision made in July
Emma Bruce, the Chair of Governors of St Peter's CE Primary School, has written to parents and local people informing them of the proposed closure of the school's nursery and asking for comments.
The letter is as follows:
" Following considerable and careful research I am writing to inform you that, with regret, Governors are minded to close St. Peter’s Nursery from September 2014.
" A final decision will be made in July this year. I know that this proposal will come as a great sadness, as so many of the children at St. Peter’s have gained enormously
" 'Top up' funding is the money which pays for anything over and above 15 hours per child a week. Many boroughs do not fund any 'top up' and operate a purely part time nursery funding arrangement. If Hammersmith and Fulham were to adopt that approach our funding would reduce by over £20k a year.
" Considering the fact that we already currently slightly subsidise Nursery provision as a school, any further reductions would be un-manageable. Nursery education is non-statutory so that although it operates very closely with the Reception class, it is funded in a different way.
" We believe from our research that if we were to close our Nursery from 2014 the rest of the school would in fact benefit financially. Some funds would be able to be redistributed and the closure would also release some management capacity to support the children further in the Main school.
" Funding for our full-time places has been at the expense of funding for other schools in the Borough and clearly that will not continue indefinitely. With current birth rates in this particular ward and a wide range of more flexible Nursery provision available the continued downward trend in the number of applicants is not predicted to change; it has become clear to us that
" We cannot make our provision flexible to meet the needs of the local market without further subsidy from the main school budget. As a state funded school we have strict guidelines and restrictions placed on us for provision so we cannot easily “flex and adapt”.
" Applications for September 2013 are being dealt with in the usual way."
June 26, 2013