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Neston Primary School to permanently increase the age range

This consultation is now closed.

Cheshire West and Chester Council and Neston Primary School is proposing to permanently lower the school’s age range. Neston Primary School, Burton Road, Little Neston, Neston, CH64 9RE, in order to fulfil the Council's duty to provide enough childcare places in the local area.

The Proposal

It is proposed to permanently expand the age range of Neston Primary School, Burton Road, Little Neston, Neston, CH64 9RE, from 4-11 years of age to 3-11 years of age, to take effect from 01 September 2024. The school has made such additional provision on a temporary basis since September 2022.


The Governing Body of Neston Primary School previously requested the Local Authority to note a temporary increase of age range due to the school taking over the former nursery provision from January 2023. The nursery was located on the Schools grounds and was in operation for over 20 years. Their provision ceased operations when the provider, who was a Governor at the school, retired. The Early Years team was keen for the nursery to keep operating and a mutual agreement formed for the School to operate the nursery on a temporary basis.

This temporary provision has proved successful, and the School’s Governing Body now wish to extend the age range of the School to 3-11 in order that the provision for three-year olds can be permanently established. The Local Authority is consequently requested to initiate the prescribed alterations statutory process.

In order to continue to provide Early Years education for our local community, and the school having successfully implemented this measure on a temporary basis, the Council and the school now propose to hold an informal stage of consultation, which will run from 29 February 2024 – 28 March 2024.

Any person or organisation may submit comments to the Council on the proposal and these must be taken into account by the the Council’s Director of Children and Families, on whether to proceed with the proposal. If agreed by the Director, a public ‘Notice’ will be published in a local newspaper, and published on the Council’s website. This begins a four-week period of ‘Representations’ when anyone may make a comment or an objection to the proposal. Following a four-week period of representations and having considered all responses, the Cabinet Member for Children and Families will then take a final decision as to whether to proceed with the proposal.

The procedure for responses: support; objections and comments

Paper copies of the proposal may be requested directly from the school.

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All responses received will be shared with the Council’s Director of Children and Families.

The final date to provide feedback on the proposal is 28 March 2024.

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