Badwell Ash: Decision is soon due on future of primary school
Parents are due to find out tomorrow whether governors have decided to propose the closure of their village primary school.
Governors of Badwell Ash Church of England Primary School are meeting later to decide on the future of the school, with parents being informed of the outcome at a meeting tomorrow evening.
The Green Party in Suffolk had asked the governors to delay the decision while an investigation explores whether it would be feasible for the school to remain open, but the meeting looks set to go ahead.
The chair of governors, the Venerable John Cox, had said as the school only had 29 pupils it was very difficult to sustain a full and engaging curriculum for the children.
Green councillors have called for a delay while “the recent difficulties are investigated, causes identified and solutions found”.
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Green Party county councillor Andrew Stringer, a member of the county’s Education Scrutiny Committee, said: “Badwell Ash School has a long and successful history and should not be closed until reasons for the drop in numbers of pupils and recent below average attainment are identified and every possible avenue explored to restore the school to good health.
“Small schools have often strengthened their performance by forming partnerships with others nearby, and we need to know why repeated attempts to form such an arrangement have failed in this case.”
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A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said “despite extensive efforts” the governing body had recognised that it will be difficult for them to maintain a high quality education experience.
“If governors decide to propose closure, they would publish a statutory notice in early July with a final decision taken by the county council’s cabinet in September 2013.”
She added: “At all times, the number-one priority must be the education of the children, and ensuring they have the best possible school experience they can.”
Parents launched the Badwell Ash Save Our School (SOS) Committee earlier this month in a bid to safeguard the school’s future.
No one from the school was available for comment.