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Parents invited to discuss Bisham Primary School future

Parents at Bisham Primary School have been invited to a special meeting tomorrow night (Thursday) to discuss its future.

The invitation was made in a letter handed out this afternoon (Wednesday) and signed by executive headteacher Helen Daniels.

In it, the school revealed it is considering ending its collaboration with Cookham Rise Primary School and joining the Ashley Hill Multi Academy Trust, which operates Knowl Hill and White Waltham CE primary schools.

Update: Thursday, November 3, 3.54pm:

The Royal Borough released a statement today to confirm it has launched a consultation today on the proposal to join Ashley Hill.

It said the interim executive board (IEB) has recommended the move to secure its long-term future and ensure every pupil has access to a good education.

It added the school, which is half-full, will need an extra £750,000 over the next three years to remain open as a standalone school.

The proposal would see Bisham collaborate with the trust from January 1 before formally joining it in the spring.

Cllr Natasha Airey, cabinet member for children’s services said: “We are determined to provide an excellent education for all children and young people in the borough.

“We have been working with Bisham C of E Primary School for a number of years to raise standards and have tried to make the budget balance. However, the projections show that it will cost £750,000 to keep the school in its current form for the next three years on top of their existing budget.

“This proposal from the IEB and The Ashley Hill Trust will secure both a great education for today’s pupils and the long-term future for a school in Bisham.”

Cllr Gerry Clark, ward member for Bisham and Cookham, added: “The plans to convert Bisham C of E Primary School into an academy will give the community continued access to this Church of England primary school in a relatively remote location while focussing on the success of local children.

“We know that some parents may have reservations however I welcome this proposal as an excellent solution for our current pupils and for future generations in Bisham who will be able to benefit from a good education, close to home.”

Comments and further queries can be directed to Mrs I Cooke by emailing office@whitewaltham.org or by visiting Bisham School in person.

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