Consultation on the future of Stamford Hill Primary School
On 11 February 2020 Haringey Council’s Cabinet determined the statutory notice issued on the 27 November 2019 to close Stamford Hill Primary School with displaced pupils transferring to Tiverton Primary School (amalgamation).
The Cabinet approved the proposal in the form set out in the statutory notice. This will mean the closure of Stamford Hill Primary School from 31 August 2020 with pupils transferring to Tiverton Primary in the new academic year.
The four week representation period ended on 18 December 2019. We are not able to consider any responses received after this date.
On 21 January 2020, Council's Cabinet will consider any representation responses received and make a final decision on whether Stamford Hill Primary School will be amalgamated with Tiverton Primary School.
If Council's Cabinet decide to proceed with amalgamation, this will mean the closure of Stamford Hill Primary School from 31 August 2020 with displaced pupils transferring to Tiverton Primary School at the beginning of the new academic year in September 2020.
Council's Cabinet is our elected members and they make the final decisions about what the Council does and how our policies and services are delivered.
On 12 November Council’s Cabinet approved the recommendation to proceed to publishing a Statutory Notice on the proposal to amalgamate Stamford Hill Primary School with Tiverton Primary School. The Statutory Notice below is an extract from the complete Statutory Notice (PDF, 75KB).
A four-week representation period of statutory consultation was carried out which was the final opportunity for people and organisations to express their views about the proposal.
The Statutory Notice and details of our previous consultation are available below:
- The four week representation period ran from the 20 November to 18 December 2019 and is now closed
Proposal to close Stamford Hill Primary School with displaced pupils transferring to Tiverton Primary School (amalgamation)
NOTICE is given in accordance with section 15(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that Haringey Council, River Park House, 225 High Road, Wood Green N22 8HQ intends to discontinue Stamford Hill Primary School, Berkeley Road, London N15 6HD on 31 August 2020.
It is proposed to close Stamford Hill Primary School on 31 August 2020 with displaced pupils transferring to Tiverton Primary school (amalgamation). There is no intention to increase the number of places at Tiverton Primary School, as there are enough surplus places available within the school to accommodate all pupils. There is also a surplus of places at most other local schools for families who may prefer alternatives.
It is recognised that displaced pupils will need to make new journeys to school and some pupils may have further to travel. However, analysis on existing pupil addresses shows that 30% of pupils will have a shorter journey to Tiverton Primary school. Moreover, no existing pupil at Stamford Hill Primary school will have to travel more than 160 metres further to their new school since Tiverton Primary is immediately adjacent to Stamford Hill Primary.
Full consultation has been undertaken over a period of 6 months (the most recent running from 9 September and 21 October 2019), including meetings with staff, governors, and parents along with other interested parties. A four-week period of representation will now commence, which is the final opportunity for people and organisations to express their views about the proposal.
Have your say
This Notice is an extract from the complete Statutory Notice (PDF, 75KB).
Within four weeks from the date of publication of this proposal, any person may object to or make comments on the proposal.
Assistant Director for Schools and Learning
Dated: 20 November 2019
This consultation ran from the 9 September to 21 October 2019 - thank you to all those who responded.
- What has happened so far?
- More background information
- How can I find out out more?
- Why did we consult with you?
Following the informal consultation earlier this year, the council ran a six-week formal consultation to gather views on the future of Stamford Hill Primary School.
In July Cabinet was also presented with the views gathered from all stakeholders as part of the pre-consultation exercise and asked to consider a number of factors including:
- The impact on the quality of education delivered to pupils attending Tiverton and Stamford Hill Primary Schools and other local schools
- The need for school places against a backdrop of falling rolls
- The ability of local schools to be able to survive financially
- Whether Tiverton would be able to accommodate all Stamford Hill pupils if an amalgamation were to go ahead
Based on all the above considerations, Cabinet decided to proceed to the next stage of the consultation process. As part of this we consulted more formally on the council's preferred option of an amalgamation with Tiverton Primary. This would result in the eventual move of Stamford Hill pupils into the Tiverton Primary School site.
The decision was taken to consult because in recent years there have been fewer applications for school places at Stamford Hill, resulting in a falling number of pupils. This means that the school is no longer attracting enough funding and is likely to face very difficult challenges because classes won’t be full.
There has also been a recent decline in pupils attending a number of other local schools and we do not anticipate an increase in demand for school places in this area.
Tiverton Primary School is a local school that is also not full across all year groups. Any amalgamation will help support a long-term solution to the declining local demand for school places.
If it were to go ahead it would mean pupils from Stamford Hill Primary School would eventually move into the Tiverton Primary School site. We anticipate that this will happen gradually over a number of years. The arrangements for managing this transition are currently being finalised.
As part of the pre-engagement process we considered a number of options for the future of Stamford Hill Primary School. However, the preferred option, which we believe will provide a long-term sustainable solution to local falling demand, is amalgamation. An amalgamation means the two schools merging to become a single school.
The consultation ran from the 9 September to 21 October 2019 inclusive.
Download our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 268KB) for more information.
The frequently asked questions (FAQs) are also available in the following four languages:
- Polish FAQs (PDF, 402KB)
- Portuguese FAQs (PDF, 385KB)
- Spanish FAQs (PDF, 351KB)
- Turkish FAQs (PDF, 392KB)
Two public meetings were held in order to provide you with information and to give you the opportunity to share your views. The minutes of these meetings can be downloaded below.
Stamford Hill Primary School - 16 September 2019:
- Minutes of the Public Meeting held at Stamford Hill Primary School on 16 September 2019 (PDF, 116KB)
- Polish - Minutes of Public Meeting held on 16 September 2019 (PDF, 122KB)
- Portuguese - Minutes of Public Meeting held on 16 September 2019 (PDF, 149KB)
- Spanish - Minutes of Public Meeting held on 16 September 2019 (PDF, 89KB)
- Turkish - Minutes of Public Meeting held on 16 September 2019 (PDF, 120KB)
Tiverton Primary School - 7 October 2019:
- Minutes of the Public Meeting held at Tiverton Primary School on 7 October 2019 (PDF, 180KB)
- Polish - Minutes of Public Meeting held on 7 October 2019 (PDF, 167KB)
- Portuguese - Minutes of Public Meeting held on 7 October 2019 (PDF, 165KB)
- Spanish - Minutes of Public Meeting held on 7 October 2019 (PDF, 115KB)
- Turkish - Minutes of Public Meeting held on 7 October 2019 (PDF, 164KB)
Important points to note if amalgamation were to go ahead
- There are currently places available in other local primary schools and we expect that families will have a choice of schools for their child at other local schools if they do not want their child to transfer to Tiverton
- A place will be guaranteed for all families at the amalgamated school
- Support and advice will be available for families who need help and support during this process
- Discussions will take place at an early stage of the consultation with school staff and their unions to identify redeployment opportunities, if necessary
- Haringey, in common with other London boroughs, is experiencing a decline in the number of primary pupils, mainly due to a drop in the overall birth-rate - currently there are a high number of vacancies in the local area
We wanted to gather views from parents and carers of pupils at Stamford Hill and Tiverton Primary Schools as well as parents and carers who live locally and have children attending other schools and nurseries. Information about the consultation was distributed widely so that we could obtain views from anyone who might have an interest or concern about our proposal.
People were able to tell us their views up to 21 October 2019. They could do this online, via a paper questionnaire or by email.
School Admissions Team
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Tel: 020 8489 1000
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