The proposal of OAT is to merge both schools and operate as one primary school from 1 September 2021. The consultation to consider the merge opened on 12 January 2021 and will close midday 26 March 2021.
On 1 December 2018, Ormiston Cliff Park Infant Academy and Ormiston Cliff Park Junior Academy transferred to Ormiston Academies Trust as two separate schools. Since that time, they have continued to work closely together which was an extremely positive move in providing the schools with security for future success.
Whilst these are only initial plans and no decisions have been made, the purpose of merging the two schools into a one primary school is to provide a joined-up and consistent education for our pupils which would improve the quality of educational opportunities and support all children receive during their journey from Early Years through to completing Key Stage 2.
Some of the benefits that the proposals would bring, if implemented, are as follows:
- Generating a consistent and integrated approach for how the curriculum is delivered across early years and Key Stage 1 and 2.
- Providing a complete “primary experience” from the earliest years to supporting pupils to move to secondary school.
- Increasing access and opportunities for enrichment and extracurricular activities, including sharing playing fields and resources.
- Enabling the school community to build relationships over a longer period, and share skills, expertise and experiences to benefit everybody
- Offering a greater opportunity for building relationships between pupils, parents/carers and the school to increase and share understanding of the needs of each pupil. This change would also be consistent with many other infant schools in England.
- Providing a secure school place once a child gains admission. You will no longer need to apply for a junior school place as part of these plans, and there is a separate consultation on this proposed change running simultaneously with the overall merger consultation.
Becoming one school is a positive but big step and we will ensure that there are plenty of opportunities for staff, pupils and their families, and other stakeholders to engage and input into the process, to hear views and address questions, whether it’s via this website or through one of our events. We will be keeping this website up to date with information as it becomes available.
Thank you to everyone involved in the schools’ communities for your continued support, we look forward to hearing from you.