Chard School parents in bid to prevent closure

Chard & Ilminster News: HEAD teacher Jane Bruce. HEAD teacher Jane Bruce.

PARENTS at Chard School have rallied round to save it from closure. 

Governors called the school's future into question on Monday (December 9), telling staff and parents at an emergency meeting that it was in financial trouble. 

A new steering committee headed by Lindsay Rossiter has already made progress, with an important proviso to the school's survival being to retain current pupil numbers until the end of the academic year. 

They have praised the commitment and hard work of staff and aim to have completed a full analysis of the school mid-January, when they should be in a position to propose a plan for its long-term future with some new governors on board.

Ideas, suggestions and pledges have already flooded in, meaning Chard School can now be more optimistic of starting the next academic year on a sound footing. 

Head teacher Jane Bruce said: “It’s an honour for me to lead this wonderful school with such a loyal and supportive following of both parents and staff. 

"It is business as usual for us this week as we gear up to the end of term with our carol concert and nursery nativity and I am looking forward to welcoming children, parents and staff back for an eventful and productive term in January.”

 

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5:56am Thu 12 Dec 13

LIzDow says...

I am shocked at the news this school is threatened when it clearly seems to be doing an outstanding job. It is indeed an historic school (I grew up there between the 1940s and 1960s when my father was principal) but it is by no means a relic! From everything I've heard about the school in recent years it has transformed itself into a modern, high-standard, caring educational community for young and very young children who are achieving at very high levels and apparently doing so with happy enthusiasm. The fact that the parents are so passionate about the school speaks volumes. I now live across the globe, but I hope the people of Chard and Somerset will rally to safeguard a school to be proud of - for yesterday, today and tomorrow.
I am shocked at the news this school is threatened when it clearly seems to be doing an outstanding job. It is indeed an historic school (I grew up there between the 1940s and 1960s when my father was principal) but it is by no means a relic! From everything I've heard about the school in recent years it has transformed itself into a modern, high-standard, caring educational community for young and very young children who are achieving at very high levels and apparently doing so with happy enthusiasm. The fact that the parents are so passionate about the school speaks volumes. I now live across the globe, but I hope the people of Chard and Somerset will rally to safeguard a school to be proud of - for yesterday, today and tomorrow. LIzDow

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