Lightwater Village School, with the support of GLF Schools, is proposing to change the age range of the school from 4-7 years to 2-7 years.
Why are we making these changes?
The proposal is part of a GLF Schools Trust wide strategy to develop nursery provision across our primary schools and maximise the educational benefits in offering local families funded only, school led early years provision. The proposal also supports the recent Government announcement to extend the early years funded entitlement to families of all 2-year-olds from April 2024.
The change will support Lightwater Village School to become a 2-7 community hub for local families.
Details of the proposal
The school proposes to lower its age range to be able to accept children from the age of 2 years, offering our families the option of a continued education for their children from 2-7 years. The school plans to open a school run nursery in September 2024 taking over from the existing nursery provider Briars Cabin. The school is working collaboratively with the owner of Briars Cabin in this transition.
How will this proposal be implemented?
Our community consultation on the proposal to lower the school age has now closed. There was only 1 response to the consultation agreeing to the proposal. There were other enquiries via the consultation inbox but these were to enquire about a nursery place. The application to amend the age range of the school has been submitted by GLF Schools to the Department for Education who will confirm if they approve the change to age range on 20th March 2024.
What will happen if the proposal is not approved?
This is highly unlikely as the school are bringing the operation of an existing nursery under the school. We are also responding to the Governments expansion to funded childcare for working parents of 2-year-olds. The nursery will continue to accept 2-year-olds and will also offer wrap around care to support parents work patterns. However, if there is any unexpected delay the school will look to work with the owner of Briars Cabin to ensure the continuity of nursery provision on the school site.
Expression of Interest
If you are intersted in a place for your child at our proposed nursery, please complete one of the forms below: