Support the Oatlands Infants School in Harrogate

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This petition is to voice objections to the proposed changes to Oatlands Junior School in Harrogate to expand to become a 60 intake 5-11 age full primary school in 2019.

This change and reduction in places will have a detrimental effect on the current students at Oatlands Infant School.

In 2016, at the request and support of the local authority, the Infant school expanded its intake from 75 to 90. At this time it was agreed that a similar expansion would take place at the Junior School to allow the additional children to transfer. This was confirmed in a letter from the Junior School on the 30 January 2015.

Despite this commitment, the Junior School and Red Kite Trust have now decided that the funding instead has: "provided us with a ‘one-off’ opportunity to consider whether the centrally funded additional classroom accommodation could and should be used as a platform to enable us to become a full primary school." (sourced from Q&A document sent out to Junior's parents - 26.03.2018).

Making this change will leave upwards of +24 children in the current Year 1 without a place at Junior School in 2019. And will have a follow-on impact on the current reception and the 2018 in-take.

At the heart of the community, Oatlands Infant School is an exceptional school and well-loved by all of its pupils, parents and teachers - both present and past. 

As parents we believe that the best system for education for all the children in the Oatlands area is to have two schools that work together.  The Infant School is a wonderful infant school and the Junior School is wonderful Junior School. Their strength is their difference and success in creating the right environment for children at the age and stage of development they are in. 

Please help us to stop these proposed changes that will leave so many young children without a safe transition to a junior school and disrupt two thriving schools that play a huge  part in the community and so many peoples lives. 

This petition is organised by the parents of children at Oatlands Infant School. It is not associated with the school at all.