06:00PM, Saturday 26 November 2016
The headteacher of a village primary school preparing to move some pupils out to save money has thanked parents for their support.
Hayley Broad, of Bisham Primary School, also invited critics of the school to visit and see the progress made since it was taken out of special measures earlier this year.
Earlier this month it was announced the school would be joining with the Ashley Hill Trust (AHT) to ensure its continued survival.
However, as part of the move, about 13 pupils from years four, five and six, are to be transferred to Knowl Hill CE Primary School, which is also part of AHT, from January.
“I think understandably the parents were initially shocked by the plans for the school when we had our meeting with them,” Mrs Broad said.
“I think the financial viability of the school hadn’t been shared with them before and they were scared by the threat of closure.
“But our parents are very loyal to the school and when we shared with them our vision for the school and that we wanted to make sure the school stayed open we got an overwhelmingly positive response.”
Following the news, a Twitter account called Bisham Action Group, made up of current and former parents and staff, blasted the decision, questioned the long-term future of the school and claimed parents were preparing to withdraw their children.
But Mrs Broad hit back, saying: “There are obviously historic things about the school which are freely expressed, but I would urge them to come and see the school and meet with myself and feel the buzz and meet our current parents.”
Several parents also backed the school, including Sarah Nutbrown who said she thought the move gave the school ‘more of a future’ and Paula Simms, who said she thought it would help improvements continue.
Both mums have children in the school’s Herons class covering years two and three.
When contacted via Twitter, the Bisham Action Group account claimed to have been contacted by parents feeling ‘lied to’ and ‘let down’ over the plans, but at the time of writing had not replied to further request for comment.
An open morning is set to take place at the school in Church Lane on Wednesday, December 7 from 10-11am.
Call the school office on 01628 482910 to book a place.
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