reduction in PAN

Consultation of the Reduction of Pupil Admissions at Folkestone Academy

Turner Schools is undertaking a consultation to seek the views of the stakeholders of Folkestone Academy about:

  • reducing the Year 7 published admission numbers (PAN) from 270 to 210

By stakeholders, Turner Schools is referring to the parents, students, feeder schools and nurseries, and service providers including the Local Authority of the Folkestone Academy.

Subject to the feedback from the consultation, and pending approval from the Department for Education, we would anticipate the change to take effect from September 2022.

Background

Folkestone is a non-selective school which caters for boys and girls of all abilities from ages 11-19. In September 2020 the Academy was de-amalgamated from its previous Folkestone All Age Academy structure which included a nursery and primary phase. Folkestone Academy is currently structured as follows:

  • A Secondary phase for children aged 11 to 16 - current PAN 270 per year

  • A Sixth Form for young people aged 16 to 19 - current PAN 200 per year

The Academy has a total capacity for 1,750 children and young people.

Rationale for the change

  • Turner Free School opened in September 2018 and is also part of Turner Schools, is located within a mile of Folkestone Academy and currently has a PAN of 180. Both schools have since shared pupil admissions to the immediate area resulting in Folkestone Academy’s Year 7 admissions dropping to between 147 - 185 pupils .

  • The reduction in pupil number admissions to 210 will change the maximum capacity of Years 7 - 11 from 1,350 to 1,080 pupils which will provide an improved learning environment for academic excellence.

  • From 2022/23, Kent County Council data forecast a trend of reduced non selective school Year 7 places in the Folkestone and Hythe area, with 2024/25 moving to a surplus of places.

  • Should the reduced pupil admission number proposal be approved by the Department for Education, and there is a deficit in Year 7 places in 2022/23 and 2023/24, Folkestone Academy agree to work with KCC to admit more than than the reduced published admission numbers to ensure every child in the area is offered a school place within the Folkestone and Hythe schools catchment.

What will change?

With the reduction of published admission numbers to 210, it is important to state that some things will not change. From a pupil’s or parent’s perspective, there will be:

  • No material change to the admissions criteria caused by the reduced published admission numbers.

  • No change to the curriculum of the school, caused by the reduced published admission numbers.

  • No change to leadership, i.e. Mr Steven Shaw will remain Head of school of Folkestone Academy.

  • No change to school hours or term times.

  • Average form class sizes will not change and will remain at 30.

  • Folkestone Academy will continue as part of the Turner Schools Multi-Academy Trust, benefitting from its ambitious educational ethos, and from cost effective central services.

The things that will change are:

  • The number of pupil admission from 2022/23 will be reduced by 60 pupils from 270 to 210.

Consultation

We wish to invite interested parties to take part in this consultation on the proposal. The consultation will take place for a minimum of 6 weeks between Wednesday, 16 December 2020 and Tuesday, 26 January 2021.

There is one element to the consultation, the reduction of published admission numbers at Folkestone Academy.

We will consult with the parents and other stakeholders for Folkestone Academy including:

    • parents and carers of children between the ages of two and nineteen;

    • other persons in the relevant area who, in the Trust’s opinion, have an interest in the proposed change;

    • all admission authorities within the relevant area;

    • feeder schools to the academy; and

    • partner organisations to the academy.

Your views on any aspect of the proposal will be sent to the Turner Schools Board of Trustees. All responses received by the end of the consultation period will be carefully considered and will form part of a Business Case submitted to the Department for Education for final decision.

We invite you, therefore, to take part in this consultation. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

  • By email to: FD@turnerschools.com

  • By completing an online response form at: https://forms.gle/xBDnppH2fcwABWYs9

  • In writing via post: Mr David Bowles, Director of Finance and Operations, Folkestone Academy, Academy Lane, Folkestone. CT19 5FP.