Derby City Council is consulting on a proposal to merge Brackensdale Infant and Junior Schools to form a single primary school.

The opportunity to consider the establishment of a primary school arises due to the retirement of the head teacher of Brackensdale Infant School in July 2017.

It is generally accepted that all-through primary schools can offer certain advantages when compared with separate infant and junior schools.

Primary schools can offer a smoother transition of pupils between Years 2 and 3 and a single approach to the curriculum across the 3-11 age range.

If a primary school were created, this would be an opportunity to continue to raise standards for Derby’s young people.  The number of pupil places available at each school would remain the same.

Further information on the proposals are included in the consultation document, which can be viewed on the Council’s website, along with details of how to get involved.

The consultation will be open for six weeks ending on Tuesday 25 July 2017.  Once the consultation period has closed, Council Cabinet will consider the responses received and decide whether or not to go forward with the next stage of consultation.

A final decision will be made by November 2017. If the proposal is given the go-ahead, the primary school would open in January 2018.