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Consultation on the proposed merger of SET Maidstone and SET Causton Schools

Seckford Education Trust is exploring whether to merge SET Maidstone (an infant school with an age range of 3 to 7) with SET Causton (a junior school with an age range of 7 to 11) to form one school based at the SET Causton site (Maidstone Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9ED).

Consultation start date: Monday 21 June 2021

Consultation end date: Sunday 15 August 2021


How to make your views known

There are a number of options available to you.

  1. Complete the survey online here
  2. Email us your views with the email subject heading ‘SET School Merger’ to enquiries@seckfordeducation.org.uk
  3. Give handwritten comments. Write the heading ‘SET School Merger’ and hand these to the reception at either school
  4. Contact us at enquiries@seckfordeducation.org.uk and we would be pleased to discuss any questions or concerns that you might have

Consultation Events

These events are all taking place at SET Causton, Maidstone Road, Felixstowe IP11 9ED.

Come along, find out more and get answers to your questions.

Current parents and carers

  • 3.30 pm, Tuesday 22 June, after school drop-in
  • 9.30 am, Thursday 24 June, coffee and chat
  • 9.30 am, Tuesday 6 July, coffee and chat
  • 3.30 pm, Tuesday 6 July, after school drop-in

Zoom meeting for current parents/carers

  • 3.30 pm, Tuesday 6 July
  • 9.30 am, Monday 12 July

To register for a virtual Zoom event please email enquiries@seckfordeducation.org.uk or phone 01394 283375

Prospective parents/carers events

Come along, find out more and get answers to your questions.

On-site at SET Maidstone on Wednesday 23 June

Please contact the school office on 01394 283375 or email maidstoneadmin@maidstoneandcauston.org to book a place on the 3.30 or 5pm event.

Local community event

Come along, find out more and get answers to your questions.

6pm, Wednesday 30 June

Zoom meeting for local community

12 noon, Thursday 8 July

To register for a virtual Zoom event please email enquiries@seckfordeducation.org.uk or phone 01394 283375


Further information

Seckford Education Trust (the Trust) is considering whether or not to merge SET Maidstone (the infant school) and SET Causton (the junior school) to form one all through primary school on the Causton site for September 2022.

Before making a decision the Trust is keen to hear all of your views on both:

  • the proposal
  • the proposed combined admission arrangements which would be necessary should the schools merge

The consultation document provides further information on the pros and cons of the merger to help you respond to the consultation.

DOWNLOAD THE CONSULTATION DOCUMENT


Questions and answers

How will the consultation impact on the Trust’s decision?
What would be the benefits of this merger?
Are the fall in pupils numbers a driver for the merger?
What would be the negative aspects of this merger?
What about the status quo?

The merged school

How would this affect our pupils?
What opportunities could it bring for our pupils?
What would this mean our teaching and support staff?
Would the merged School have a governing body?
Would the uniforms change?
What would be the name of the merged school?
How would the merged school change?
What would happen to the SET Maidstone site?
What about the Trust’s obligations under the Equality Act 2010?
How do I make my views known?
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