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Waverley Council against potential Green Oak School closure

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:16pm 16th April 2018. (Updated at 5:24am 17th April 2018)

Waverley Borough Council has written to Surrey County Council to express concerns over the potential closure of Godalming's Green Oak CofE Primary School.

The authority says closing it down would have a hugely detrimental impact on the local community.

Green Oak is under threat after a consultation was launched on its future.

It was set up by Surrey County Council and the Diocese of Guildford following an inadequate Ofsted rating in January 2017.

Among other criticisms, inspectors said there were unacceptably low standards in English and mathematics, poorly behaved pupils and high absence rates.

But Leader of Waverley Borough Council, Julia Potts, has said shutting the school down is not the right thing to do: "Waverley is funding a significant redevelopment and regeneration scheme at Ockford Ridge; a key area that the school serves.

"We are investing £20 million into the area, building new council homes and refurbishing almost 200 existing ones, so the number of children living in the area is set to increase.

"What’s more, land near the school between Aaron’s Hill and Halfway Lane has been earmarked for potential future development and is within the school’s catchment area.

"If the school closes many families will have to work out how to get their children to another school.  Many of the pupils currently walk, as their parents do not have cars.  There will need to be considerable thought to how this will impact the parents affected.

"This proposal needs to be viewed over the medium to long term, not just as a quick way to save money. It is a major part of the local community and it is essential that educational provision remains at the site."

What next?

Today (16 April) is the final day for people to have their say on the consultation.

If the Council does decide to proceed with the closure, there will be a formal 4-week 'Representation' period - this includes the publication of statutory notices.

After this the Leader of Surrey County Council then reviews responses to these statutory notices and makes a decision on whether to proceed with the proposal.

You can submit your views on the Surrey County Council website.


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