Drake Primary School, Thetford

Closed 5 Apr 2019

Opened 11 Mar 2019



On 7 June 2019, in her role as Decision Maker, Sara Tough, the Executive Director of Children's Services agreed that the following proposal should be implemented:

  • To change the age range of Drake Primary School, Thetford to 4-11 years,  from 1 September 2019


Consultation on proposed change of age at Drake Primary School, Thetford by changing the age range from 3-11 years to 4-11 years, from 1 September 2019

Drake Primary School currently provides early years provision in two ways;

  • Nursery
  • Drake Little Pirates Day Care.

The proposed change at Drake Primary School means that governors can still offer early years education, but through Little Pirates Day Care.  The school are proposing this as a result of recent changes in early years education by the Department for Education.  Many families are now entitled to 30 hours per week of funded early years education, instead of the previous entitlement of 15 hours.  

There will be no major change to the school – both the school and Little Pirates Day Care will continue to be governed by the same board and led by the same headteacher.

Why We Are Consulting

We would like to hear your views on our proposal

What Happens Next

The County Council will consider all the responses to the Consultation, before deciding whether or not to proceed to the statutory stage for this proposal.



  • Thetford


  • Children
  • Councillors MPs MEPs
  • General public
  • Parents and carers and guardians
  • Staff
  • Schools


  • Education and early years