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24 February 2020 - Public Notice re planned change in provision

Monday 24 February 2020

Thank you for your interest in our proposed change in provision at Portway Primary School, from 3-11 years to 2-11 years, in response to the needs of our local community.  The full text of the Public Notice is reprinted below. 

Please note that views expressed as part of this consultation exercise will help inform our thinking around the implementation (or otherwise) of this change. 

In addition to registering any queries or concerns using the contact details below, you may also, if you wish, use this form to submit your query or concern.

PUBLIC NOTICE – Portway Primary School – proposed permanent age range change

Proposed permanent change of age range from 3-11 to 2-11 for Portway Primary School to include a 2 year old Nursery provision.

Notice is given in accordance with the Academies Act (2010) and Making significant changes to an open academy and closure by mutual agreement (2019) Regulations that the Leading Learning Trust, based in London Borough of Newham, intends to make a prescribed alteration to Portway Primary School (an academy, run by the Leading Learning Trust), the main site of which is at Portway Primary School, Stratford, E13 0JW.

It is proposed that Portway Primary School will change its age range from 3 to 11 years of age to 2 to 11 years of age, in order to admit up to 56 part time children from the age of 2 into nursery classes from June 2020 onwards, in order to serve the needs of the local community.

This Notice is an extract from the complete proposal, which is provided below.

Within four weeks from the date of publication of this proposal, any person may object to or make comments on the proposal by sending them to Fredericka Bines, Portway Primary School, Stratford, E13 0JW or by emailing  Objections can also be lodged by completing a copy of this form online.

Closing date for objections and comments: midnight on Friday 20th March 2020.

Publication date: Monday 24th February 2020

Additional information

Consultation on a proposal to permanently change the age range from 3-11 to 2-11 to operate a 2 year old provision as part of the existing school.

This paper sets out the proposal to provide permanent 2 year old nursery age provision at Portway Primary School. It is written for parents, carers, governors, staff, pupils and other people who have an interest in the school and in the proposal. The Leading Learning Trust will consider your views and responses before taking the proposal forward.

Background information

Portway Primary School is a four form entry Academy school providing primary education. Portway Primary School has been offering 15 and 30 hours funded early years places for 3 and 4 year olds. A permanent change to the age range requires a statutory process as detailed in Department for Education statutory guidance ”Making significant changes to an open academy and closure by mutual agreement”, November 2019.

The proposal

The Leading Learning Trust is consulting on a proposal to permanently change the age range from 3 to 11 to 2 to 11 at Portway Primary School. The proposal is to offer up to 56 funded places at Portway Primary School, Stratford Road, E13 0JW.

The Trustees and Local Governing Body has given its support to this proposal to widen the age range of the school.

Sufficiency and standards

The school is based in the ward of North Plaistow.  According to Newham’s childcare sufficiency assessment (2019) this ward has a higher than average need for places to meet the needs of local families. Children of families who continue at Portway Primary will benefit from improved continuity and an easier transition process to school.

The consultation process

Initial consultation with parents was conducted by Portway Primary school in the Autumn of 2019. This included a questionnaire and a notice posted on the entrance to the school detailing the planned development.

The formal consultation process that is now being undertaken involves the following steps:

  • Publication of Public Notice followed by a four week consultation period. 
  • Seek the views of parents, carers, trustees, governors, staff, pupils and other people who have an interest in the school and in the proposal.

How can I make my views known?

We would like to receive your comments in writing including your name, signature and address by Friday 20th March 2020.

We would also be pleased to receive email correspondence. Please address all emails to  Should you wish to discuss the proposals directly please contact our School Office on 020 8472 7142.

To whom should I send my comments?

Fredericka Bines

Portway Primary School

Stratford Road

E13 0JW 



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