Option A - Leicestershire County Council

Options for change to schools in Melton
Mowbray and the Vale of Belvoir
Second Stage of Consultation
“Have your say”
Leicestershire County Council is
consulting on a shortlist of options for
change in and improvement to the
organisation of schools in your area
Introduction and Welcome
Gareth Williams
Director of Children and Young People’s Service
The Vision for Children and
Young People
• Each child and young person has a right to an inclusive
high quality of education
• Our vision for Leicestershire must place children and
young people at the centre of all activities we engage in
• To achieve success requires that we all work together
as partners understanding that this is a shared
endeavour and the child comes first
What are the issues with the
current system?
• The pattern of Leicestershire schools
- Key Stages
- Consistency
• Attainment and Achievement
- Trends indicate pupils aged 11 in High schools
perform less well in national tests than 11 year olds who
remain in their Primary schools
- Pupils make good progress from 11-14 but following
transfer do not always gain the results expected of
them at age 16
Why Melton Mowbray and the
Vale of Belvoir?
• Request for change from parents and schools in the
Vale of Belvoir
• Confirmed by independent review, and also identified
the need to consider impact on Melton Mowbray
• Endorsed by survey of Melton Mowbray parents and
• Commitment by County Council
The First Round of Consultation
- What you told us
• Excellent response
- over 1200 responses received during May
• Confirmed strong desire for change
• Key messages
locality of schools
breadth of curriculum offer and choice
avoidance of transfer at 10+ and 14
size of school
The First Round of Consultation
- What you told us
• Views confirmed by pupils
• Preferred options
- Vale of Belvoir – strong support for 11-16
- Melton Mowbray – no consensus but clear
support for change
The key principles for a new
system of schools
• Developed by Headteachers, Governors and students
• Eight key principles:
Learners first
Choice and personalisation
Quality outcomes
Staff development
Size and location
Managing change
The Options
• Three choices
• These bring together
- your views
- the things your children will need to equip them
for the future
- the aims of the DfES to transform schools
- our aspirations for children and young people;
• and . . . reflect our work to find a long term sustainable
solution for schools within your area
• Option A
Vale of Belvoir
Melton Mowbray
The Options
- one 11-16 school (600 places)
- two 11-16 schools (1200 places each)
- separate post 16 provision (600 places)
• Option B
Vale of Belvoir
Melton Mowbray
- one 11-16 school (600 places)
- three 11-19 schools (800 places each)
- jointly managed post 16 provision (600 places)
Option C
Vale of Belvoir
Melton Mowbray
- one 11-16 school (600 places)
- one 11-19 school based on the existing three school
sites (1000 places each) and incorporating
post 16 provision
The options and the curriculum
Key Stage 3
• National curriculum
• Additional subjects
• Key changes:
- condensed key stage
- more flexibility
The options and the curriculum
Key Stage 4
• Compulsory subjects
• Entitlement areas
• Key changes:
- 14-19
- Vocational choices
- Personalised learning
- Functional skills
- General/specialised diplomas
The options and the curriculum
Bottesford – Options A, B and C
• Opportunities:
- KS3/KS4 Progression
- Flexibility at KS3
- Personalising learning
- Specialist status
• To consider:
- 14-19 delivery
- Collaboration
- Access to diplomas by 2013
The options and the curriculum
Melton Mowbray - Option A
• Opportunities:
- Curriculum breadth KS4 - Flexibility at KS3
- Specialist status x 2
- Opportunities to
- Personalising learning
• To consider:
- Post 16 funding – impact on KS3/KS4
- Cross phase initiatives
The options and the curriculum
Melton Mowbray - Option B
• Opportunities:
- Clear progression routes
- Flexibility at KS3
- Post 16 funding
• To consider:
- Breadth of curriculum
- Logistics Post 16
- Drives collaboration
- Specialist status x 3
The options and the curriculum
Melton Mowbray - Option C
• Opportunities:
- Curriculum breadth
- Integrated approach
- Capacity to deliver pathways
- Progression and continuity - Resources for learning
• To consider:
- Specialist status x 1
- Care, guidance and support
How will children and young people
benefit from these schools?
Local schools at the heart of the community
Continuity and progression
Improved curricular choices
- full range of academic courses
- new diplomas (general and specialised)
- personalised learning
- specialist status
How will children and young people
benefit from these schools?
• Overall impact
- by providing schools which are fit for the future we
aim to create an environment in which pupils are
enthused and equipped with the skills to take their
place at work and in further/higher education
How might the changes be
• Transitional arrangements
• Minimise disruption
• Consultation with all stakeholders, particularly
headteachers and school staff
• Will cover
- pupil needs
- staff
- curriculum delivery
- accommodation
- organisational issues
How might the new schools be
• Drawn from several sources
- One School Pathfinder
- Further DfES Grant Funding
- County Council resources
- Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Secondary
• Current overall allocation circa £28.7M
• Timescales extend over several years
How to respond?
• Use the Consultation Response Form and return to the
Freepost address, or;
• Online at www.leics.gov.uk/meltonvob
• Closing date - Friday 3rd November 2006
What happens next?
• You are encouraged to have your say
• Similar consultation with other stakeholders
• Outcome of consultation reported to the Cabinet –
November 2006
• Results shared with all stakeholders
• Third stage of consultation to follow –
December 2006/January 2007
• Statutory notice to change and representation period February 2007, then . . . . .
Build Your Schools!
Thank You
“Have your say”