Reduction of PAN Consultation
The County Council is responsible for setting a published admission number (PAN) for all community and voluntary-controlled schools and must consult on any proposals to reduce PANs. After a period of demographic growth, the demand for primary places across the county has fallen and, in some areas, fewer school places are needed. This is in line with a decrease in primary demand across most other local authorities. Changes in demand are not evenly distributed and some areas and schools are impacted more than others. As part of the PAN setting process for academic year 2024/25, the County Council has engaged with headteachers and governing bodies at a number of schools, including Icknield Infant and Nursery School, to discuss and agree a proposed PAN reduction.
A reduction of the PAN at Icknield Infant and Nursery School from 90 to 60 places from 2024/25 is proposed following a drop in the number of applications and allocations for September 2022. The pupil forecast indicates lower demand for Reception places across this part of Letchworth and surrounding area for 2024/5 and beyond. A reduction in PAN would create a better match of places to expected demand, protecting the financial viability of the school moving forward. The Governing Body and Headteacher are both in agreement with the proposal which will assist the school both organisationally and financially.
Please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions2024 for more information about the consultation and to respond online.