Malpas Church FAQs

Joint proposal to amalgamate Malpas Church in Wales Infant School and Malpas Church in Wales Junior School

Update 24 January 2017   

The consultation document makes reference to the council, the Monmouth Diocesan Trust and the two governing bodies maintaining a joint aspiration to establish a nursery class at the amalgamated primary school. When is this likely to take place?

There is no proposal to establish a nursery class.

You make reference to the new primary school having access to £35,000 to support the amalgamation. Could this be used to support building work?

No, the £35,000 is a maximum figure which will be used to meet any revenue costs specifically arising from the amalgamation. It cannot be used to support capital projects. 

Is there space on the current Malpas Church in Wales site for an extension to provide a nursery class?

The site is extensive but there is no proposal to establish a nursery.

Isn’t the council’s policy for 3-11 education to be provided on all school sites?

Yes, wherever possible as and when circumstances and opportunities arise.

If the amalgamated school opened a nursery class, what would be the impact on Kimberley Nursery School?

There is no proposal to establish a nursery class at this school.

Can voluntary schools be included in 21st Century Schools funding bids?

Yes.

What is being included in the council’s Band B bid?

This has not yet been determined.

I am unsure as to whether or not I am in support of the proposal. How should I respond?

The consultation response pro-forma offers the opportunity to answer either 'yes' or 'no' as to whether you are in support of the proposal. There is additional space for any comments to be made and concerns to be highlighted. 

How will the management team of the merged school be structured?

The staffing structure for the new primary school will be agreed by the governing body in consultation with the headteacher. In doing so, good practice across both of the current sites will be explored to ensure that the primary school is established and operates in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

The local authority has a strong and successful history of supporting amalgamated schools. Malpas Church in Wales Infant School and Malpas Church in Wales Junior School are currently one of only three remaining paired infant and junior schools across the city.  

How will the governing body of the junior school be extended?

Some individuals sit on the governing bodies of both schools and so there is already some shared expertise, experience and knowledge. The governing body of the new primary school will increase in size when compared with the current separate governing bodies, thus allowing new individuals to join. These may or may not include people who currently sit only on the infant governing body.

What plans have been put in place to ensure that the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning are not impacted by the reduction in funding that the merged school will receive?

The reduction in lump sum funding will be accounted for in part through economies of scale which arise when one school is established in place of two, for example in relation to the post of headteacher. 

How will a nursery class be created and has the impact on Kimberley Nursery been considered?

This is not a proposal to establish a nursery class at the school. 

Is the school fit for purpose in operating as one through school?  The latest school condition survey was undertaken in 2010. Will this be reviewed with a reconsideration of capital works for the primary school site?

The operational management of the school is the responsibility of the governing body of the new primary school, which is aware that there is no capital financing to support this amalgamation. Newport Norse is the property services delivery partner for Newport City Council and as such carries out condition reviews on all council assets as and when required. 

How will staff be supported through this period of instability?

If this proposal receives final approval, the governing body and headteacher will agree a staffing structure for the new school. The HR officer allocated to the school will work with all affected staff, and will ensure that any potential staffing reductions are dealt with in accordance with the council’s job security policy. This process will be finalised in as timely a manner possible to ease any instability that arises.