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Wolverhampton City Council in all its wisdom have decided they need to close one of the primary schools near where I live...which one have they chosen...MY SONS SCHOOL!!!


We don't know, I attended a meeting tonight to discuss it with representatives from the governing board of the school, an official of the committee who made the decision and our local councillor we didn't get very far in typical fashion all the people that mattered dodged the questions and angered more people than they helped......the school are looking for ideas how we can stop this from happening,

We've started with the local press and petitions, all the obvious but does anyone here have any experience in this sort of thing or any ideas how to raise the profile of the schools plight???

Danesmore Park is the ONLY school in our area that has a special needs resource base and its own swimming pool. All the children are very upset, as are the parents. I went there, my son goes there and it will be a much missed school should this proposal go ahead.

crickson says:

Good luck, I really hope you save the school.

19th Oct 2006, 18:28

Dhamaka says:

I don't have the experience you need but will point this out to a journalist friend who specialises in politics. Maybe she can help.

19th Oct 2006, 18:29

Steph says:

Thank you....we really need all the support we can get...

The report they've based the decision on is biased as one of the commitee who put the proposal forward is married to the headmistress of one of the other schools that "should" have been up for consideration...

...we're all at a loss of where to go with it!!!

19th Oct 2006, 18:31

Dhamaka says:

I've sent her a link - we'll see

19th Oct 2006, 18:32

MaggieD says:

Hang on isn't that a conflict of interests on the part of that particular commitee member .... he should have declared his interest and stepped down from the decision making ....

19th Oct 2006, 18:41

Steph says:

Apparently he "stepped out of the room while the final desicion was being made".

HOWEVER as I pointed out in the meetnig he should not have been allowed an input AT ALL!!!

The councillors in the meeting were a joke, they even told us they had to "ease the pressure" on one of the schools because the head had just suffered a stroke!!!

Our response if she can't cope why is she in the job!!

The head techer (Mr Snell) of my sons school has just returned after a triple heart bypass yet he's managing just fine!!

19th Oct 2006, 18:46

My mum and dad have been teachers in the west midlands for decades. Maybe ask goonflower to ask them if they've got any connections??

19th Oct 2006, 18:48

Steph says:

Hmm good call...

...I didn't realise your parents were teachers.

19th Oct 2006, 18:50

MaggieD says:

But surely any decision should be based on educational need not the personal health of an individual member of staff? ... this is sounding more and more farcical ....

19th Oct 2006, 18:52

Steph says:

It gets better....Six proposals for the school were put forward in the 1st meeting with the school but only one made it to the cabinet...

...the one to close!!

What happened to the other 5???

They were never even put online for the parents to read!!!

I've just joined the forum for councillor Phil Bateman and left my opinion on it....

(I really should have apologised for throwing the report at him in the meeting this afternoon, but I couldn't as I wouldn't have meant it!!!)

19th Oct 2006, 18:57

MaggieD says:

Think this needs a good dispassionate and knowledgable lawyer type person .... but I must say it is looking increasingly dodgy .....

19th Oct 2006, 19:19

Steph says:

The school has put together there own report outlining all the miss information in the cabinets report (and theres a lot of it)...and are in the process of getting it to the commitee.

However as a parent who has a lot of faith in the school I want to support them all I can so regardless of their efforts I want to rally more much as possible.


19th Oct 2006, 19:26

MaggieD says:

Totally agree .....I am with you all there .... wholeheartedly .... I know I cannot be there in physical presence, but in spirit ( and reserve a banner for me) I have a very loud mouth (for a very small person) ....

19th Oct 2006, 19:44

Steph says:

LOL...hopefully once the website is sorted out we will have an online petition..

,,I asked if there were any restrictions on who could sign i.e just parents or people from the local community...

...and basiacaly anyone one can sign who has an interest in keeping the school open for whatever reason, no matter where you live so you may see a link go up soon!!


19th Oct 2006, 19:47

MaggieD says:

Fingers and all other crossable appendages crossed .... am on the lookout for the web link .....

19th Oct 2006, 19:51