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Hatfield Community Free School: impact assessment - Section 9, Academies Act duty

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Wave 2 IA Hatfield Community - redacted Title: Hatfield Community Free School Author: Department for Education (DfE) Impact Assessment – Section 9 Academies Act Duty 1. Section 9 of the Academies Act 2010 places a duty upon the Secretary of State to take into account the likely impact of establishing the additional school on maintained schools, Academies, institutions within the further education sector and alternative provision in the area in which the additional school is (or is proposed to be) situated. Background 2. Hatfield Community Free School is a 4 – 11, non-faith primary school. It plans to open with an intake of 2 reception classes admitting 60 pupils, with a subsequent intake of 60 places per year. It aims to be at capacity in 2018. Once it reaches full capacity the school will have 420 places. In addition, the school will make provision for 60 nursery places delivered through a private, voluntary or independent provider. The school will open on the former site of New Briars primary school in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. 3. The proposer group are a mixture of local parents and a leading educationalist; the lead proposer being a former head teacher and assistant director for standards and school effectiveness at Hertfordshire County Council (HCC). Hatfield is one of the more deprived and ethnically diverse parts of Hertfordshire and a significant proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. There is a lack of primary school places in Hatfield and HCC is a driving force behind this project so as to secure sufficient places for the local area. Catchment Area, its Characteristics and Admissions 4. The school’s admissions policy is fully compliant with the School Admissions Code and will follow Hertfordshire County Council’s (HCC) admissions criteria. 5. When the school is oversubscribed, the tie break criteria for infant class applications will be priority given to twins/multiple births. For admission into any other year gro

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