Infant and Primary School Mergers

michelle carvill made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Education

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From: michelle carvill

9 July 2010

Dear Department for Education,

I am a parent Governor and I am looking to find out the number of
Infant Schools and Primary Schools that have merged into one school
in the past 10 years.

The information I require is the name of the school, contact
details for the school, including head teacher's name.

And specifically the size the pupil number is the school became
when the two schools merged into one school.

I am particularly interested to also receive performance indicators
for these schools. Pre and post merger.

Did merging improve the school's performance or worsen it?

Look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Michelle Carvill

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Department for Education

12 July 2010

Dear Michelle

Thank you for your recent email. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible. For information, the departmental standard for correspondence
received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you
are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number
2010/0052301.

Thank you.

Central Allocation Team

Public Communications Team

Tel: 0870 0002288
www.education.gov.uk

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Dear Michelle

In order to process your FOI request I need some further clarification.

Would you be able to provide me with a telephone number, so I can call you
regarding this.

Regards

Lynne

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Lynne Pape

Department for Education
School Organisation & Competitions Unit
School Collaboration, Organisation & Fair Access Division
2F Area D, Mowden Hall DL3 9BG

Tel: 01325 391274 (x61274)

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From: michelle carvill

15 July 2010

Dear Department for Education,

Hello Lynne
My telephone number is 07946 001388.

Yours faithfully,

michelle carvill

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From: michelle carvill

15 July 2010

Dear Department for Education,

Having spoken to Lynne and her supervisor, Steve Jones at the
Department of Education - I have been advised that my original
request falls outside the 3 day research costs allocated to the
Freedom of Information Act - and therefore, I am having to refine
my request accordingly.

Therefore, I would like info on the following:

The Number of schools that have merged in the UK in the past 10
years - broken down into two sections 1) where two schools have
closed and a new school has opened and 2) where one school has
closed and the other school has extended its age range 4 - 11.

Given that you can't provide me with the names of the schools re
above - then can you provide me with a sample of say, 50 schools
(together with contact details) that have merged in the past 6
years. And pre and post performance indicators.

Is this more feasible?

Yours faithfully,

michelle carvill

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Department for Education

16 August 2010

Dear Ms Carvill,
Thank you for your request for information about infant and junior school
amalgamations.

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
("the Act").
First Part

You requested:

- The Number of schools that have merged in the UK in the past 10
years - broken down into two sections 1) where two schools have closed and
a new school has opened and 2) where one school has closed and the other
school has extended its age range 4 - 11.

`The Number of schools that have merged' has been interpreted as meaning
the number of primary schools (infant, junior, lower, middle deemed
primary and primary).

Any primary amalgamations containing secondary and middle deemed secondary
schools have not been included.

The Department only holds records for England.

There were over 3,500 schools that were primary amalgamations or mergers,
of which 2,133 fell within your criteria*:

1) there were 1,280 primary school closures where at least one infant and
one junior or one lower and one middle deemed primary school have closed
and 631 new replacement primary schools have opened.

2) there were 111 primary school mergers where one school (either infant,
junior, lower or middle deemed primary) has closed and the remaining
school (either infant, junior, lower or middle deemed primary) has
extended its age range to primary (3/4/5-11).

*The criteria was applied `loosely' because:

- you asked for `where 2 schools have closed...', but some
include more than 2 schools that have closed ie. amalgamations have been
counted where at least one infant and one junior school was closed, but
some also included more than one infant or junior school, lower, middle
deemed and/or primary school(s); all resulted in a new primary with an
upper age of 11.

- you refer to an age range of `4-11', but some of the schools
have a lower age of 3 or 5. All of the primaries in the table have an
upper age of 11 (middle deemed primaries have been removed as they have a
higher upper age, but some lower and middle deemed primaries have
amalgamated/merged to form a primary with an upper age of 11, so appear in
the attached table).

Second Part

You requested:

Given that you can't provide me with the names of the schools re: above -
then can you provide me with a sample of say, 50 schools (together with
contact details) that have merged in the past 6 years. And pre and post
performance indicators.

We are able to provide the names of all 2,133 schools. The attached table
includes this, their URN (unique reference number), address details (at
the time the proposals were published) and the date of the
closure/opening/change of age range. The first sheet shows the totals,
the second shows details of amalgamations and the third shows mergers.

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Under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act, the Department is not
required to provide information in response to a request if it is already
reasonably accessible to you:

- The school's current address and headteacher's name details are
available from each school's record, on Edubase ([2]www.edubase.gov.uk).

- Attached is a zipped (7MB) file containing KS1 data for 2004 to 2009.
The 2009 final data has not yet been published, so the file still
contains provisional data for 2009. You can use the school's URN to
search for its data.

- The easiest way for you to access Key Stage 2 school data is via the
internet. If you have Microsoft Internet Explorer as your internet
browser, the instructions are:

1. Open Internet Explorer

2. Go to the File menu and select "Open".

3. Type in the following address into the box that pops up:

[3]https://www.keytosuccess.dcsf.gov.uk/tra...

4. Tick the box that says "Open as web folder"

5. You will then be asked to enter a username and password, please use the
following:

Username 428667

Password n4797=Jk

6. You will then see folders for each Key Stage that contains the data
that was published for the Achievement and Attainment Tables for schools,
Local Authorities and the England average. These are available in excel or
dat file format. In the excel folder the files cover the years 2000 to
2009 and in the dat folder you will find files from 1993 onwards. You will
be able to download these files by "dragging and dropping".

You may be asked for a username and password when accessing individual
files - in this case please use the ones above.

If you have difficulties accessing the files via the internet please do
let me know and I will try to assist.

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If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner's Office

Yours sincerely,

Steve Jones
School Collaboration, Organisation and Fair Access
[email address]
[4]www.education.gov.uk

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2010/0057369.

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