The Penhill community has the chance to air its views on the proposed closure of the local primary school and its inclusion within Swindon Academy by taking part in a pre-statutory consultation.
It kicks off on June 1 when every home in the Penhill area will have received an information pack from Swindon Borough Council.
The pack outlines background facts and explains how members of the public can get involved and have their say. This includes parents, staff, governors and local residents.
If the proposed closure of the school is ultimately given the go-ahead, Penhill Primary School would become part of Swindon Academy in January 2009. Pupils would automatically transfer to the roll of the Academy and would continue to attend the Penhill site.
Cllr Garry Perkins, Cabinet Member for Children Services, said: "During the consultation phase for Swindon Academy, it became clear that members of the Penhill community felt their children might miss out on the Academy development, which is why the proposal to close Penhill Primary School and merge it with the Academy has been made.
"This consultation gives the Penhill community the chance to stand up and be heard. We want individuals of all ages to tell us what they think of the proposal, whether it's good or bad. We take all views expressed by the community very seriously. This is their school, their children and it is crucial they have an input to help us ensure the final decision is the right one. All views will be taken into consideration and any decision will be in the interest of pupils and their education."
Included within the information pack will be a document from independent consultant Dame Jocelyn Barrow on behalf of the United Learning Trust (ULT) which runs the Academy.
Dame Jocelyn Barrow said: "Back in 2006, when we consulted the local community about Swindon Academy, it became clear that there was a desire among key stakeholders for Penhill Primary School to be included in the Academy.
"We look forward to hearing the views of everyone in the community with an interest in the proposal which we will report back to ULT in due course."
A number of consultation meetings have been planned: Parents, staff and governors can attend separate meetings on Monday June 9 at Penhill Primary School, in Alton Close, either at 3.30pm or 7.15pm.
Members of the Penhill community are also invited to attend the meeting being held at 7.15pm.
Staff can also attend a meeting at 4.45pm and there is a meeting for Governors at 6pm.
In addition, members of the Penhill community can attend a meeting at 6pm on Thursday June 12 at the Penhill Community Forum, which is also being held at PenhillPrimary School.
The closing date for the pre-statutory consultation is July 14. The results will be reported to Swindon Borough Council's Cabinet in July.
If the proposal then proceeds, a notice will be published in late August with a final decision in October.