This consultation relates to two changes to the Determined Admission Arrangements for all community schools in Warrington.
Warrington Borough Council is proposing to:
- Reduce the Published Admission Number (PAN) for Reception at The Cobbs Infant and Nursery School from 90 to 60, to take effect from September 2025.
- Clarify the admission arrangements for admission to junior schools.
As set out in the School Admissions Code 2021 we are entering into a 6-week statutory consultation period.
1. Change to the Published Admission Number (PAN) for The Cobbs Infant and Nursery School
Due to changes in demand for places in the local area over the last few years, the size of The Cobbs’ Reception intake has reduced. For the 2023/24 school year the school is able to operate two classes only as the intake was less than 60 children. However, if this number was over 60 then the school would be required to operate with three classes, with the need to employ an additional teacher and teaching assistants. Whilst the PAN is 90, this presents a financial risk.
The proposed PAN change will help to secure financial stability and enable it to focus on its learning for its young pupils. The school’s most recent Ofsted inspection in 2022 shows that the school continues to be a good school. The school’s staff work hard to continue to offer strong outcomes for all its children. The proposed reduction will benefit future outcomes for its pupils, whilst still enabling the school to meet the demand for places.
School place planning requirements for the area will still be met once this proposed change has been made.
There will be no other changes to the school’s admission arrangements. The proposed change will not affect the current pupils.
Although the School Admissions Code 2021 does not require an admissions authority to consult when maintaining or increasing a school’s PAN, there is a requirement to consult when the proposal is to reduce.
We are seeking comments on the proposal to change the PAN from 90 to 60 from September 2025.
The Local Authority also intends to request a variation to admission arrangements already set, to request that the Office of Schools Adjudicator agrees to allow the school to set a PAN of 60 for the 2024 intake.
We have added some clarity to the wording regarding the admissions procedure for entry to Thelwall Community Junior School.
There are no changes to the admissions procedure to the school. Children from Thelwall Infant School will move to the junior school as they have done before.
We have added some clarity to the wording regarding the admissions procedure for entry to Broomfields Junior School.
You can read more in the below document. The proposed changes are highlighted in grey.