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Proposed Merger Of SET Maidstone & SET Causton Schools

Seckford Education Trust would like to thank parents, carers, stakeholders, and the wider community for engaging in our recent public consultation, which ran from 21st June to 15th August.

The consultation encouraged views on the proposed merger of SET Maidstone and SET Causton to form one all-through primary school for September 2022 and the combined admission arrangements which would be necessary should the schools merge. It was widely publicised to parents, members of the community and stakeholders through letters, media articles, social media, the website and digital advertising.

To contact the school with any further comments please email enquiries@seckfordeducation.org.uk with the subject heading ‘SET School Merger’ or call 01394 283375


Responses To The Consultation

The online survey received 72 responses. Of these, 53% of responses were in favour of the proposed merger going ahead.

Of the SET Maidstone parents and carers who submitted an online response, 57% were in favour of the proposed merger. Of those in favour, they felt the merger would provide more opportunities for SET Maidstone students and remove the need for unnecessary transition. One response said: ‘I think it would streamline the school years and possibly remove any anxiety for children if they are not seen as two separate schools as such.’

Additionally, 12 parents, 5 stakeholders and 55 members of the community emailed questions/comments or attended the consultation events hosted at the schools and online during the consultation


Questions Posed

How will the school manage any extra traffic on the Maidstone Road?
How will the children in the SET Maidstone Specialist Unit be supported with the transition to the SET Causton site?
How will the small school feel of SET Maidsone be maintained?/ How will the school be managed with older and younger students on the same site?
How can it be that there is a reduction in pupil numbers in the area when new houses are being built?

Outcome

The Seckford Education Trust Board is confident it can address the questions raised during the consultation, so it has therefore decided to proceed with its application to the Regional Schools Commissioner for the proposed merger. Further updates will be posted when a response is received from the Regional Schools Commissioner.


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?
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