Mile Oak Primary School: Proposal to reduce pupil numbers.
Brighton & Hove Council is proposing to reduce pupil numbers at Mile Oak Primary School from 90 in each year group to 60. That means reducing from 3 classes to 2 classes permanently from September 2021.
Please support Mile Oak Primary School and and sign this petition to reject the enforced permanent reduction in pupil numbers. Our community of Mile Oak and Portslade needs a real choice in schools, large or small, and all local children should have the opportunity to attend our school with its vibrant teaching, brilliant outside spaces and community spirit.
The Council’s reason is the low number of children coming into primary schools across the city of Brighton & Hove, with particularly low numbers in Portslade and Mile Oak. The Council does not want to close any local school and so is looking to reduce classes in larger schools and maintain the number of small schools. The school leadership and governors believe parents should have a genuine choice for their child to go to the right school for them, large or small.
Mile Oak governors recognise that they may need a temporary reduction to 60 pupils due to low numbers, as they have done for the 2019 reception year. However, they want our school to grow and develop, making full use of the wonderful grounds and facilities we have. They also want to be able to accommodate the children of families who will be moving to Mile Oak for the new development.
The school will be full at 60 pupils a year and if the numbers are permanently reduced we would not be able to take new families when the new housing development is built nearby, or families living in the current catchment area may have to go to other schools.
The Local Authority have to consult for 6 weeks, which started on November 15 and ends on January 6th. This is very rushed, and includes the two weeks of school closure. It is also before the school has the numbers of pupils applying to come to the school next September. As a parent of a child attending the school I believe this is not acceptable.