The John Loughborough School

The John Loughborough School has now closed

The John Loughborough School closed across all year groups on 31 August 2013. Arrangements have been made and implemented to transfer all pupils who were in years 7 to 10 to other schools for the start of the autumn term 2013. The families of year 6 pupils who were due to join the school in September 2013 have also been contacted. Provision has been made to ensure that these pupils can begin secondary school at an alternative setting in September 2013.

If you have any queries regarding the closure of the school please use the contact numbers below:

  • School Admissions - 020 8489 1823
  • Staffing matters - 020 8489 3273
  • Finance matters - 020 8489 3708
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Appeal to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator

The Council’s Cabinet met on 16 April to make a final decision on the future of The John Loughborough School. On Monday 29 April 2013 the governing body of The John Loughborough School appealed to the Schools Adjudicator against the council’s decision to close the school. The schools adjudicator has the power to take the following action on the decision taken by the council’s Cabinet: uphold, reject, modify or modify with conditions.

Update: The Adjudicator has made a decision on the closure of the John Loughborough School.

The School’s Adjudicator has decided to reject the school's appeal against the council’s decision to close the school. You can see a copy of the full decision (PDF, 303KB) here.

This means the school will close on 31 August 2013. The council will be writing to the parents/carers of all current pupils and all staff and governors at the school.

The application deadline for a place at an alternative school has been extended to allow any parent/carer who has not already made an application to do so. The revised dates are listed in the admissions process section below.

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Post-cabinet meeting update - 17 April 2013

The council’s Cabinet met on 16 April to make a final decision on the future of The John Loughborough School. The report and its recommendations is available to view in the attached files section below.

The 'call-in' period for this report expired at 10am on 26 April 2013 and the council now intends to implement the proposal as set out in the published notice to close the school at the end of the summer term 2013.

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Admissions Process

An admissions process to allow parents and carers to select up to six preferences for an alternative school place opened on 26 April 2013. The parents and carers of pupils currently attending the John Loughborough School will be contacted directly by the council with further information on this process. Parents and carers of pupils currently in year 6 and who have been offered a place at the John Loughborough School for September 2013 will also be contacted directly. A timetable for the admissions process for pupils currently attending the school can be viewed below. A timetable for parents and carers of pupils currently in year 6 and who have been offered a place at the school for September 2013 can also be viewed below.

Pupils who are currently attending the John Loughborough School

DateWhat will happen
26 April 2013Application process will open
19 July 2013Application process will close
24 July 2013Offer day

Year 6 pupils who have been offered a place for September 2013

DateWhat will happen
26 April 2013Application process will open
19 July 2013Deadline for updating preferences previously listed in your application form when you applied for a school place
24 July 2013Offer day
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Planned advice sessions and open events on admissions

The following events are being held to help parents, carers and pupils to make a decision on preferences for an alternative school place.

WhenWhere
16 July from 6pm to 8pmTottenham Green Leisure Centre, 1 Philip Lane, N15 4JA
18 July from 6pm to 8pmPark View School, West Green Learning Centre, Langham Rd, N15 3RB
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Background to the decision to close the school

Following the 2011 Ofsted inspection the council and the Seventh Day Adventist Church carried out a review to examine the school's long term future. The review concluded that the school, as currently organised was not educationally, or financially viable.

On 18 September 2012 the council’s Cabinet approved the recommendation that a consultation take place on proposals to close The John Loughborough School.

On Thursday 13 December 2012 at the Civic Centre in Wood Green, the lead member for Children Services, Cllr Waters, considered a report on the future of The John Loughborough School. This report included all the responses to the council’s consultation. Cllr Waters decided to proceed with closure plans by publishing the required statutory notice.

A statutory notice was published on 7 January 2013  followed by a six week representation period (which closed on 17 February) that provided everyone with a further opportunity to tell us what they thought of the proposal.

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Consultation timetable

The timetable below sets out the key dates for the consultation process from start to finish.

StageDescriptionDateNotes
1Start of consultation1 October 2012Consultation
Public meeting date7 November 7pm Location: Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, 1 Philip Lane, N15 4JA
End of consultation19 November 2012
 Following the consultation period, a report will be produced, presenting all the information received in the consultation period. Taking into consideration all the information received, the report will recommend a decision whether or not to publish a proposal to close the school10 December 2012 to 21 December 2012
2The publication of a statutory notice setting out the final proposal4 January 2013This will only happen if the decision is made to publish a proposal to close the school.
3Representation - a further six week opportunity to express views on the proposals7 January to 17 February 2013 (six weeks)
4Decision - the council’s Cabinet make a decision on whether the closure should go ahead, having considered all of the relevant information. This stage has to be completed within two months of end of the consultation period (17 February 2013) - finishing spring 2013
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Statutory representation

7 January 2013-17 February

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Consultation

1 October 2012-19 November 2012

Attached Files