Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Monks Eleigh: Education chiefs deny allowing failing school to ‘wither away’

15:45 08 March 2014

Monks Eleigh Primary pupil 


Henrietta Watson has written to Michael Gove to help save the school.

Monks Eleigh Primary pupil Henrietta Watson has written to Michael Gove to help save the school.

Archant

Campaigners who have set up a group in a bid to save their tiny village school have criticised the education authority for “letting the school down”.

shares

But Suffolk County Council told the EADT yesterday it is continuing to do everything possible to prevent the closure of Monks Eleigh Primary School, which has been in special measures since it was judged 
“inadequate” by Ofsted inspectors last July.

Several parents removed their 
children from the school so student numbers plummeted from 30 to just nine. The board of governors resigned and was replaced by an interim executive board (IEB), and a new headteacher was appointed.

A group of villagers, teachers and ex-school governors have now 
established the SaveME group to stop the school from closing. They have written to the council’s strategic accountability group, which was set up to help Suffolk schools that are experiencing difficulties.

In the letter, ex-school governor Malcolm Every said: “Since we have heard of the possible closure of the school, we have begun to investigate the events which have led up to the current situation. We have found that the LEA has let the school down badly over a period of years. It has not acted in a timely manner to the concerns that there have been. We believe that the local authority deliberately allowed the school to wither and is quite happy for it to close, perhaps to ‘bury its mistakes’ or perhaps to sell off the land for income.”

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council refuted the claims and said the authority had provided intensive support to Monks Eleigh Primary, both before and since its Ofsted inspection, using tried and tested interventions that have proved successful at other primary schools.

He added: “Indeed, the county council has a good track record of helping under performing schools to come out of special measures. Obviously these have not yet proved successful in 
this case but that doesn’t mean we’re walking away from the school.

“We are also working with the IEB as it continues to investigate various potential partnership arrangements. Closure is the absolute last option we would consider.”

shares

0 comments

Can you spot him? Andrew Hawes in the camouflage gear he plans to use to catch people not clearing up after their dogs.

Hollywood actor Hugh Grant is apparently backing campaigners in a Suffolk town who plan to post photos of dog walkers on the internet if they fail to clean up after their pets.

The hoodie hides most of this man's face

The value of e-fits was defended last night as new figures reveal only one image released to the public in the past three years has resulted in an arrest.

The scene of an accident on the A1088 at Honington.

Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore has insisted a new roads policing unit “will happen”, as a fatal road accident in Honington yesterday claimed the life of another driver.

Families enjoyed the warm weather at Georges Funday at Whitton United football ground on Saturday 1st August. The event will help raise funds towards a new wheelchair for George Woodward.

More than 1,000 people turned out at Whitton United Football Club in Ipswich on Saturday, to help raise funds for a child with a rare muscular condition.

Police are investigating

A woman in her 90s has had her handbag stolen from her car while it was parked at the Village Rise shops in Lowestoft on Saturday.

Officers detain a reveller in Ipswich town centre.

A clamp down on off-licences selling super-strength alcohol has been cited as a key reason behind a sharp drop in the number of people boozing and brawling in the streets of Ipswich.

Assistant librarian Stephen Dart is pictured in the Ancient Library at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury.

It holds a wealth of religious books dating back hundreds of years, but the little-known Ancient Library at St Edmundsbury Cathedral also tells us about the local people of the time.

Caroline Shearer.

An anti-knife campaigner has branded the Government’s response to her petition calling for more education in schools about the dangers of weapons as a “total insult”.

Ipswich Magistrates Court in Elm Street.

A 60-year-old man is due to appear in court this morning charged with three driving offences.

Bury St Edmunds photographer Tom Murray with Cilla Black at a private viewing of his London exhibition of his Beatles images.

He has spent time with many celebrities during his career, but for Beatles photographer Tom Murray, Cilla Black had “true star quality”.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages