Community school removed from consultation process

A primary school has been removed from the consultation process after demonstrating 'significant progress'.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 12:19 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 12:20 pm
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Stedham Primary School has been removed from a consultation process exploring the future of three other schools: Clapham and Patching C of E Primary School, Rumboldswhyke C of E Infant School and Warninglid Primary School.

Governors, working with council officers, at Stedham Primary School are said to have demonstrated 'significant progress' with proposals to form a federation with another school

As a result, Stedham will be given more time to demonstrate that the partnership meets the governance arrangements that are required for a federation.

Progress will be reviewed in April, when the need for any further consultation will be considered.

Nigel Jupp, cabinet member for education and skills, said: “I have been encouraged by the hard work the governors have shown over recent weeks which has resulted in strong progress on federation proposals to strengthen the school.

“My optimism – stated at a recent Cabinet meeting – that this progress could be made in a short period of time has been vindicated. The commitment shown to reach this point gives me further optimism that the required governance arrangements will be put in place in time for the review in April. As a result, the consultation for Stedham has ceased.

“We have offered our support to the schools to help them secure this agreement which will bring greater certainty to the Stedham school community.”

A public event for Stedham, due to take place on Thursday (February 13), has been cancelled.