Brighton & Hove Council wish to reduce the number of places at Downs Infant School by a quarter.
Reducing the school intake from 120 to 90 will have a massive impact on the budget of the school and its ability to continue to provide outstanding teaching and will also reduce parental choice in the city by removing places at one of the most popular schools in the area.
This must be stopped.
Make your views known before.
Although less places are required across the city Downs Infants continues to be a very popular school, filling all of its places.
The council have not considered this fact and seek to reduce the number of places available at the school.
Any changes to the school will be a distraction for staff reducing focus on teaching and learning over the next two years.
There is no local authority provision for the financial costs of reducing the size of the school. Any costs, such as redundancies, will fall within the school’s existing budget.
Budgets in education are already stretched. A reduction will have a large impact on the school, affecting children currently attending the school.
The school currently fills approximately 30–40 places each year with siblings of existing pupils. A reduction of overall places significantly reduces school choices for new parents. Many more children would not get the benefit of a Downs Infant’s education.
The council is not consulting with local, church-run schools. Or selectively with other schools who are not currently filling their places.
As a larger infant school, Downs Infants has the capacity in the staff and management team to provide excellent care for children with special educational needs.
The school is recognised as an environment where all pupils can receive education and support whatever their needs. Reducing the overall number of children at the school puts that care at risk.
The council is not consulting with our linked junior school but would consult with them in three years after the reduction has worked through the school.
To present this as a done deal to Downs Juniors is deceptive and does not respect the issues that a reduction in numbers would have on that school.
What can we do?
The consultation ends on 27th November