December 10 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
The former chairman of governors of a school which is set to be managed by an interim board has said he had not been able to find an alternative solution to closure - but would be “delighted” if one could be found.
The Venerable John Cox, who resigned as chair of governors of Badwell Ash CEVA Primary School in August, said he had believed the best option for the children was for them to be taught at Norton CEVC Primary School, which is in a nearby village.
Last week the East Anglian Daily Times reported the future of Badwell Ash Primary was yet again uncertain after all but one of its governors resigned and they asked Suffolk County Council to arrange for an Interim Executive Board (IEB) to manage the school.
Previously, parents had led a successful campaign against closure after the governing body had announced it was going to consult them on shutting the school.
Mr Cox, who was chair of governors for three years, said: “It’s terribly understandable parents do not like the prospect of a school closing. If the village pub closes or the shop closes it feels a great loss to the village, and I understand that entirely, and there was a lot of expression and desire not to close the school.”
“One has to understand - and I’m not sure whether it’s always clear - wishing for a school not to close is not quite the same as saying there’s a solution as how the school can best continue so that was the problem.
“We did not have an alternative. I felt - this was in the end why I resigned - I felt there had not been an alternative proposal to closure which was as satisfactory for the future of the children as the one proposed. But there were other governors that felt differently.
“So I felt they should not feel they were being represented by someone who had a view that was contrary to other governors.”
He said attainment levels at the school had been an issue as well as finances.
“It was a whole range of issues for which we had struggled for the whole of the three years to try and solve in ways other than closure.”
On recent developments, he said: “If the local authority through the IEB can find a solution that will ensure a sustainable and successful future for the school, that’s marvellous.”