St. Luke’s CE Primary School is seeking to open a 26-place 3 to 4-year-old nursery provision and this consultation document sets out the proposal to implement it.  In order to establish a nursery, it is necessary for the school to change the age range for which the school can cater for from 4-11 to 3-11 years old.  This would enable to school to provide Early Education and Childcare places to children aged 3 and 4 years.

The purpose of this consultation document

The purpose of this document is to provide information relating to the proposal to establish the nursery and to seek views of parents and the wider community to enable them to make an informed decision.

 Objectives of the proposal

Maintained nursery settings are based on school sites. They offer teacher-supported learning through play-based around the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for 3-4-year-olds prior to their entry into school. This proposal presents an exciting opportunity to offer high-quality education to 3-4-year-olds on-site.

St. Luke’s CE Primary School is a mainstream Primary school and in September 2025 will be fully two-form entry with 420 pupils on roll from Reception to Year 6. The current age range of the children is 4-11 and does not include a nursery.

This provision will contribute to the Local Authority’s Early Help agenda, in a part of the borough where levels of deprivation are high.  The objectives and benefits to the school and children of the Nursery Class are as follows:

·         To facilitate better transition for the children.

·         The school currently takes from a number of different settings which does not allow for efficient transfer of information and can lead to social and emotional difficulties when settling in to their new school.

·         Early identification of vulnerable groups. This will mean that the needs of new children can be identified as early as possible. 

·         Early identification of speech and language difficulties that can be addressed earlier.

·         Consistent baseline data. This will improve standards and outcomes for children because time saved on transition logistics will be spent on providing for their needs.  

·         There will be continuity of provision which will reflect the ethos and culture of the school. 

·         Current parents have expressed as desire for a nursery on the premises

·         Developing strong and effective parental links from the earliest possible opportunity.  

·         Ease of access for families who already know and trust the school. 

·         From September 2025 there will be an increase in demand for nursery places.  Eligible families will be able to access up to 30 hours per week of early education, from the term after their child turns 9 months old until they reach school age. We are supporting the government initiative and families in the local area by proposing to open a nursery class for 26 children aged 3-4.

 We welcome your support

This is an opportunity for parents, carers, staff, the local community and other people who have an interest in the school to respond and to ask questions on the proposal to establish the nursery.  The consultation period starts on Wednesday 17th July and will end on midnight on Friday 30th August.  You can state whether you support the proposal or not by completing the consultation questionnaire online by clicking on the link below:

If you have any other questions regarding this proposal please email the school office

 All views and responses will be considered after the consultation ends and the Governing Board will decide on their next steps.

 What happens next?

 The final decision as to whether this proposal is approved for implementation will be made by the Governing Board.  The process for making significant changes to maintained schools can be viewed in more detail here:

It is anticipated that the opening of the nursery provision at St. Luke’s CE Primary will not require an additional classroom to be built, it will just require the adaption of toilet facilities.  We will also need an additional teacher.

Funding for the Nursery class will be through EYNFF 15- and 30-hour funding. It is also anticipated that some funding will be received through the Early Year Supplementary Grant and Early Years Pupil Premium Grant.

The class which will be a Nursery class and will be expected to open in September 2025 and will mean that the class structure moving forward for the school will be as follows:

     ·         EYFS Nursery class with 26 children aged 3 to 4.

·         Reception to Year 6 will be 2 form entry with 60 children in each cohort (30 children per class).

·         Maximum school capacity 446.

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St. Luke’s CE Primary school provides a journey to discover ‘life in all its fullness’. John 10:10. Where children flourish, are happy and succeed. Our distinct Christian values: friendship, love, trust, patience, forgiveness and respect are woven throughout the day, the learning, the gathering, the school.

At St. Luke’s the children are at the heart of every decision we make to ensure that they are happy, confident and that the opportunities that are provided for them are relevant to their needs both now and in the future. We achieve this by providing an inspirational and creative curriculum, rich in opportunity and full of challenge.


The school has a dedicated team that works hard to reach high standards in everything we do and this is further embedded through our successful relationships with parents and the local community.


We firmly believe that education is a partnership between home and school and regard you as an active partner in your child’s education and value your interest and support. 


We pride ourselves on our happy, friendly and caring atmosphere, as well as our strong Christian ethos, which underpins all that we do. We have excellent links with St. Luke’s Church and we endeavour to help all our children develop their understanding of the Christian faith. 


We look forward to welcoming you!

Thank you

Mrs Kim Farrall