There already seem to be a lot of primary schools in Feltham and Hounslow. Do we really need another one? The birth rate is rising and our area desperately needs new primary school places. Our borough is the 7th highest London Borough for pupil growth between 2012-2017, and we will have a projected 24.4% growth in the primary phase between 2012-2017. 19 additional forms are needed providing 3990 new school places. We think children should have the chance to be educated within their community and a new local primary school will make that possible for more families in Feltham and Hounslow. A new school would extend choice and be popular with local parents. There are no Church of England schools in this area and. St George’s Enterprise Primary School will be a welcome addition that increases parental choice. St George’s Enterprise Primary School will be open to all faiths and also non-faith families.
When will the proposed school open? The school will open in September 2017.
What age range will the school cater for? St George’s Enterprise Primary School will be a primary school catering for children from Reception age (4) to 11 years old.
Will you take all the ages at once? We intend to begin with Reception and Year 1 classes in September 2017. Each year after that, another Reception cohort will join the school until after seven years the school is full. To enter Reception in September 2017 your child should be four years old (Date of birth between 01/09/2012 and 31/08/2013) To enter Year 1 in September 2017 your child should be five years old (date of birth between 01/09/2011 and 31/08/2012) To enter Reception in September 2018 your child should be four years old (Date of birth between 01/09/2013 – 31/08/2014) To enter Year 1 in September 2018 your child should be five years old (Date of birth between 01/09/2012 – 31/08/2013)
How many children will there be in the school? Our intention is to open a two form entry school, i.e. 60 pupils per year group, but we are considering what size of school would allow us to best meet the needs of the children and families in our community and we would be very interested to hear your views.
What will the education at St George’s Enterprise Primary School be like?
We have a vision for an outstanding education to meet the learning needs of our pupils using the very latest technology and educational ideas. Consequently our academic aspirations are high. Excell3 schools have a track record for excellence and we intend to maintain that record for the benefit of our pupils.
There will be a strong emphasis on the teaching and learning of good written and spoken English and of mathematics to ensure that all pupils have a solid academic foundation for success at secondary school, higher education and a productive working life.
The school will be inclusive. Each child will be valued. St George’s Enterprise School will serve the needs of the Christian community and contribute to the wider community by receiving local children regardless of their faith background and providing an education within a Christian context for all who wish their children to be educated within this framework. A belief that everyone is made in the image of God means that individuality will be respected.
The curriculum will be broad and balanced and draw upon the local historical heritage as well as the rich diversity of cultures which reflect the local area.
The curriculum and school ethos are designed to help children to grow a healthy body, mind, and spirit.
We are committed to outstanding pastoral care which means that there will be strong support structures for children and their parents. We favour an inclusive approach to learning. Regular parental meetings, formal and informal and activities for parents and children after school will be excellent building blocks to create stronger relationships between parent and child.
Christian affirmation of family life means that parents, grandparents and other carers will be welcome partners in the enrichment and extension of school life.
We do not accept that there is a ceiling to the amount of progress children from deprived backgrounds can make and a culture of success will enable all children to make good progress. Our curriculum will emphasise the education of the whole child with non-academic as well as academic outcomes.
Children at St. George’s Enterprise School will develop resilience, resourcefulness, reflectiveness and the ability to develop and sustain strong relationships to ensure they are equipped for life.
What about children with special educational needs or those who are very able? St George’s Enterprise Primary School will be an inclusive school. Children’s progress will be very carefully monitored. The most able children will be stretched and stimulated to enable them to make excellent progress. If a child is not making good progress they will receive additional support that is appropriate to their needs. Every child at St George’s Enterprise Primary School will be individually cared for and known.
What ethos will the school have? St. George’s Enterprise Primary will be a School with a Christian ethos that will shape and inform all aspects of school life. Some examples of Christian values are respect, compassion, justice, reverence and thankfulness.
Does a Christian ethos mean that your school is only for Christians? St George’s Enterprise Primary School will be an inclusive school for all children. The experience of Excell3 is that many parents from faith backgrounds other than Christian actively choose Church schools for their children because religious belief is taken seriously and because of the many opportunities for spiritual development alongside academic, emotional, social and physical development. Parents from different faith backgrounds often support the moral framework that underpins Church Schools. Through thought-provoking Collective Worship children at St Enterprise George’s Primary School will have opportunities to reflect upon and develop their own beliefs and a strong sense of self-identity, as well as an understanding of the beliefs and identities of others. Within this context, St George’s Enterprise Primary School will enhance integration and the respectful, thoughtful understanding of others.
How will you allocate places if more parents apply than there are places available? Priority will be given to children with Statements of Special Educational Needs, looked-after children and children with a special social or medical reason for attending St Enterprise George’s Primary School. After that, 50% will be allocated to children who live closest to the school and 50% will be allocated to children whose parents who attend a local Church and who particularly want to choose a faith based ethos of education for their child. The tie-breaker for any one criterion is distance.
Will you have a catchment area? Places are always allocated according to the over subscription criteria so the actual distance that children live from the school could vary from year to year.
Does it matter if I live in a different borough? Any parent can apply to St George’s Enterprise Primary School. Home-school distances are measured as the crow flies and without regard to borough or other boundaries.
How can I apply? To apply for a place in Reception for September 2017, you will need to apply soon. Full information about how to apply will be available on the school website closer to the time. If you want us to keep you informed and remind you about deadlines then please complete our questionnaire here.
Where will the school be located? We are committed to locating the school within the Feltham/Hounslow area. We are in the process of identifying a suitable site. As part of the process for setting up a Free School, the Department for Education oversee the development of suitable sites and it will be up to them decide whether the site we have identified is suitable, or to find another site if there is somewhere which would be more appropriate.
If you know of a site that we should consider then please let us know!
How does the site get developed into a school? Once we receive permission to go ahead and develop the school, the Department for Education begin work immediately to secure the site and Excell3 will work with us to develop plans for a stimulating learning environment based on best practice in other schools. Before September 2017 the site will be developed with state-of-the-art facilities and new equipment and resources for the first cohort of children to enjoy.
How will St George’s Enterprise Primary School impact on local traffic? The intention is for St George’s Enterprise Primary School to serve its local community. It is hoped that the majority of parents and children will live within a reasonable walking distance of the site or within easy reach of the many local bus routes. Our preferred site is easily accessible by bus. We realise that some parents may need to drive, especially if dropping or collecting a child on the way to/ from work. The impact of this traffic on the local will be minimised through:
A breakfast club before school so that some children are dropped at school before the usual morning ‘school run’ time;
After-school activities will ensure that children do not all leave at the same time at the end of the school day;
Regular school start and finish times will be developed after further consultation with local residents, schools and prospective parents and as far as possible will be staggered with other local schools.
Do school building designs take environmental considerations into account? The designs are based on a number of key environmental criteria including:
Cross ventilation with no cold drafts and heat recovery in winter.
Use of thermal mass, night cooling and cross ventilation to prevent summertime overheating.
Daylight design to produce balanced glare-free luminance across the classrooms and to reduce energy consumption due to electric lighting.
Acoustics to provide good listening conditions with classrooms easily upgradable to teach children with hearing impairments.
Energy and water efficient buildings that are easy to monitor through internet based metering of separate energy end uses.
Will planning permission be needed? When the school receives permission to go ahead from the Department for Education, a design team will be appointed and a planning application will be made.
Where will PE take place? PE and sports are important. Children will be able to have indoor and outdoor PE lessons and the school will look to opportunities in the wider community to extend the PE curriculum further e.g. local swimming pool, sports clubs, use of local parks etc.
What is the process and how far through the process is the school? There is a lot to do including collecting evidence from parents that they intend to send their children to St George’s Enterprise Primary School once it opens. We plan to submit an application by the end of February 2016. The Department for Education will review our bid. We hope we will be shortlisted and interviewed and know the school has permission to go ahead by late-2016. If successful we will then have 18 months to prepare the school for opening in September 2017.
How can I get involved? We are committed to keeping everyone well informed of the progress, so please let us have a contact e-mail address, where we can update you. We will not use the information for any other purpose than keeping you involved with the school.