Moorlands Learning Trust (MLT) is opening a consultation to seek your views on a proposed increase to Ilkley Grammar School’s PAN and overall capacity, linked to the recent announcement that Ilkley Grammar School will be part of the government’s Schools
Rebuilding Programme (SRP). This funded programme will bring significant building and facilities improvement to the existing site at Ilkley Grammar School and will take into account the number of students as per the school’s official PAN. As the school’s official
PAN is currently lower than the actual numbers of students on site, this consultation seeks your views on incorporating a formal expansion of the number of places so that the PAN in years 7-11 reflects actual figures, as well as building in additional capacity
at Post-16. This will then enable the building work and capital investment to be based on the higher student numbers and will help to future proof the school site.
The proposed changes to the school’s PAN would take effect for admissions from September 2023 and would be dependent on the School Rebuilding Programme accepting the higher PAN and accommodating this into its building programme.
Ilkley Grammar School is consistently over-subscribed, with numbers at both pre and post 16 having grown considerably year on year for the past few years. The school already operates above its existing PAN of 300 in all but one year group (which is currently
at PAN) and operates well-above the PAN of 460 at Post-16. For example, the current year 9 moving into year 10 is 326 and post-16 numbers already exceed over 500 students despite the fact that the larger pre-16 year groups have not yet finished year 11.
Therefore, MLT and IGS expect that the numbers of students in years 7-11 will continue to be at around 320 and an increase in the Published Admissions Number at pre-16 would reflect the reality of actual student numbers rather than represent an increase.
As, the larger pre-16 year groups of 300+ reach year 11 from 2022-23, when the previous PAN expansion to 300 which began in 2018-19 works its way through the lower school, this growth will also continue to significantly impact at Post -16. In order for IGS
to be able to ensure that all of its students and additional students who live within its catchment area who meet the post-16 entry criteria can be offered a place, the post-16 PAN also needs to be increased.
Dependent on securing agreement from the Department for Education (DfE) to incorporate a capacity expansion as part of the Schools Rebuilding Programme project, the school is therefore proposing to:
· increase the official PAN in Years 7-11 from 300 to 320. This would be formally implemented for Year 7 admissions from 2023 rather than being based on a mutual informal arrangement with the Local Authority as is currently the case
· increase the official maximum size of Post-16 from 460 to 660 places in order to accommodate all of the students who are already part of the larger pre-16 year groups
· As a result of the above, it is proposed that the overall net capacity of the school which is currently stated in the school’s funding agreement as 1972 (despite current actual numbers in September being in excess of 2100) is expanded to 2260 as part of
the School Rebuilding Programme to enable us to accommodate students over the coming years, in fit for purpose, state of the art, sustainable facilities.
Please note that there are no proposed changes to our current Admissions Policy in any year and all other entry criteria remain unchanged.
This consultation is therefore to gain your views and comments on this proposed expansion.
The consultation will run for 4 weeks from Friday 19th August 2022, closing at 8am on Friday 16th September 2022. We will also be holding a stakeholder engagement event on Monday 12th September at Ilkley Grammar School between 5.30pm to 7pm, where members
of the public can share their views in person and ask any questions they may have regarding the proposal. Please note, that this event will not be able to provide specific details of the school’s future rebuilding works.
If you would like to attend this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title ‘IGS Expansion Consultation’.
Moorlands Learning Trust will consider all points raised in this consultation and will liaise with the DfE School Rebuilding Team before a decision will be made to proceed with the next steps for expansion or not, as part of the statutory process which is
required before alterations of these kind can be made to academies. N.B. The Trust does not make the final decision to expand the provision - this is made by the Regional Director for Academies in our area.
Any comments or suggestions can also be made to the following e mail address: email@example.com If you wish to send a response by post, please send it to Ilkley Grammar School directly.