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Consultation re Proposed Increase in Capacity of Framwellgate School Durham to a 1600 Place School from a 1300 Place School

FAO: Parents and Carers, Local Authority Director of Education, Local Authority Head of Admissions and School Place Planning, Local Schools.

To Whom It May Concern

Proposed increase in capacity of Framwellgate School Durham to a 1600 place school from a 1300 place school

As announced last year, we are delighted to have been awarded a full new build under the Government’s School Rebuilding Programme 2022. We are currently working closely with the DFE through early phases of the project.

In order to support the basic place need in our area of County Durham, our Trust has been asked to increase the capacity of the new school from 1300 places to a school that could take up to 1600 students.

This will require a gradual increase in our pupil admissions number, a year group at a time, and will not involve any changes to our admissions arrangements.

The planned opening date for the new build school is likely to be from September 2025, though this is dependent on DFE and contractor timescales.  The growth from 1300 student numbers would be gradual over several years, with full capacity potentially achieved after 2030. Much of this is dependent on an increase in local housing capacity over the coming years.

We will continue to serve our students and families to the best of our ability and look forward to a state of the art new building which they will enjoy.

Part of this formal change process requires us to undertake a public consultation. Our consultation with key stakeholders will be open for five calendar weeks for the period 18th September 2023 to 23rd October 2023.

 Please note, this consultation is not related to any building or planning applications surrounding the new school; it is solely to consult on the proposed increase in the capacity of the building to a 1600 place school.

We would like to hear from our community in the coming weeks. We have prepared a questionnaire (copy attached) to gather thoughts and we want to listen to your comments and consider any feedback to ensure our school is the best it can be and meets the needs of the community we serve.

You can give us feedback in a number of ways:

  • complete the consultation questionnaire (see link below) returning it by email to: consultation@framdurham.com;
  • return it by post to Framwellgate School Durham, “CONSULTATION RESPONSE”, Newton Drive, Durham, DH1 5BQ.

We will record all views that are shared with us during the formal consultation window and at the end of the consultation period all responses will be carefully considered by the Excel Academy Partnership Trust Board who will provide a formal response which will be published on our website. If you would like a response sent directly to you, please complete the contact information section on the questionnaire.

Should you have any questions about this consultation, please contact the school office on 0191 386 6628.


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We’re pleased to confirm that school will be open to all students tomorrow (Thursday 28th September). Our Open Evening will also go ahead as planned.

Our biometric (fingerprint) lunch system will not be fully operational tomorrow so we will offer a more limited hot and cold food service at lunchtime, and toast in the morning (no bottled drinks and cakes) but the menu will be offered free of charge to all students tomorrow.

We’re sorry for the disruption caused.

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Amanda is Chair of the Excel Academy Trust Board. Amanda became a parent governor in 2009 and has enjoyed several responsibilities across this time including being Chair of the Achievement and Standards committee, a member of the Excel Academy Audit committee, and most recently has been appointed as a Member of the Excel Academy Partnership. Her career started out with the Halifax Building Society where she worked as a mortgage advisor for 20 years, before entering the political arena. Amanda is a County Councillor for Durham County Council, representing Framwellgate and Newton Hall ward. Amanda was formerly a student at Framwellgate School Durham, where she met her husband and many other friends, as well as taking on the responsibility of being Deputy Head Girl. Amanda is passionate about the school and local area and is actively involved in the school at every opportunity.

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