A school based on Burntstump Hill, in a rural setting, says it is being mistaken for a private school by families seeking school admissions for children.
Head Teacher Heather Gabb says that at a time when many families in Nottinghamshire are struggling to secure a place at their preferred school, or to place siblings within the same school, her school is being overlooked because of a misconception. She said, “People are mistaking Burntstump Seely for a private school and we get frequent phone calls enquiring about our fees. In fact, we are a state school, and anyone can apply for admission.”
Burntstump Seely C of E Primary Academy is based at the top of Burntstump Hill in Arnold, not far from the Park Hospital, and it is perhaps this idyllic setting that is the source of misconceptions says Heather. “It is true we have no fixed catchment at Burntstump Seely, and we don’t sit in the centre of a residential area. For many of our families this is an advantage. We don’t suffer from the usual traffic rush in the morning and have ample space for drop offs! We also draw our children from all over Nottingham and neighbouring villages, and this diversity is a real strength of our school.”
Currently the school has children from Daybrook, Bulwell, Deansgate, Rise Park, Ravenshead, Rainworth, Hucknall, Arnold, Bestwood Village and Sutton in Ashfield.
“We are a school which is proud of our diversity, and it is a true source of strength and advantage for our children to be taught and gain their formative experiences in such an environment".
The school’s setting does however mean that walking to school is not possible. For many this means that we are not fully accessible, and I would urge parents to contact us to see if we can offer an additional option when they are seeking a school place for their children.”