At my children's school (voluntary aided) they have started admitting more children per year than they did when my first child started at the school. They have mixed age classes. As a consequence in 2013-14 when my youngest is in year 3 he would be in a class of 40 if they carry on mixing the classes in the same way that they do now. We have asked several times what their plans are to accommodate a class of that size. None of the classrooms are big enough. The school is considering extending but it is in a conservation area, on a small plot, future capital funding is not clear etc etc so it is unlikely that the school would have an extra classroom by 2013-14. They say themselves that they do not know if they will ever have the kind of extension required. We have asked the chair of governors several times over the last year what the plan is for 2013-14, and the answer back is very unclear. The latest response says that if the pupil numbers are still the same in 2013-14 they would split the classes slightly differently so that there is not a class of 40. This sounds fine in principle but the method they have shown would require one more classroom than they currently have. So in all probability they would not be able to implement this plan. The only way they could do this (and they have never said this in any letter) would be to use the school hall as a classroom. It is the only "spare" space in the school and is currently used for assemblies, school play rehearsals, group music lessons, piano lessons, one to one teaching, small groups etc etc. It wouldn't be the end of the world if they used the hall but it would be a shame when there is another possible method so far as we can see. Above all we want to know that there definitely will not be a class of 40, and how the staffing will work if the split it e.g. will the children be with a fully qualified teacher only part of the day etc etc? Are we entitled to answers or do we have to wait until the first day of 2013-14 to see what they are doing?