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Consultation on proposed expansion of Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy

Posted on: March 25, 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Over the past few months, several meetings have taken place with representatives of Stoke-on-Trent Local Authority and Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) regarding the feasibility of expanding Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy. This is to help address the proposed shortage of secondary school student places within our local community.

To satisfy the projected requirements for secondary school places, as defined within the Local Authority’s medium-term pupil projections to meet the demands for school places, I am writing to you to seek your views on a proposed expansion of Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy. The expansion will create an additional 30 student places per year, allowing us to admit an extra form of entry into Year 7.

Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy is a member of OAT (Ormiston Academies Trust). The trustees see the academy’s proposed expansion as an opportunity to meet the increasing demand for places within the local area whilst continuing to offer an excellent education to all students.

Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy currently has a published admissions number into Year 7 of 210. The proposed expansion would be fully funded by the Local Authority and is proposed to be completed in time for the 2022/23 academic year.

This consultation is an opportunity to express your views and ask questions on the proposal to increase the academy’s student capacity; your contributions will help inform our decisions and will reflect within our subsequent application to the Department for Education.

Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we cannot issue invitations to formal consultation meetings. However, we would encourage responses via a questionnaire using this link.  We will acknowledge all responses and reply to any queries or requested clarification points.

You can view the plans below. The consultation period starts on, 5th March 2021 and closes on 16th April 2021

The Regional Schools Commissioner will make the final decision as to whether the school expands on behalf of the Department for Education, following the submission of a Significant Change Application by the Trust.

This consultation document is sent electronically to all parents/carers, trustees, local governors, teachers and support staff who are part of the Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy community. We will also send electronic copies to the neighbouring schools’ headteachers in the planning area to pass on to their communities and parents.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. N Brennan

Extension Plans