Concerns over future of Damson Wood School - The Solihull Observer

Concerns over future of Damson Wood School

Solihull Editorial 5th Mar, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

EMOTIONS are running high over the future of Damson Wood Nursery and Infant School which could be set to be turned in to an academy.

The Stockwell Rise school was put into special measures following an Ofsted inspection carried out in September 2014.

In the report Ofsted inspections rated the school inadequate in all areas and commented that many of the staff are on temporary or have no contracts, the teaching is dull and displays of work put up around the school and in classrooms was uninspiring.

Following the release of the report three options were put forward by Chris Palmer, Assistant Director for Learning and Achievement at Solihull Council at a meeting with parents in November.

These were to close the school, turn it into an academy or to combine it with a neigbouring Coppice Junior School.

The option to close is not being pursued and although many parents were hoping the school would merge with nearby Coppice Junior School, all signs point to it becoming an academy.

As an academy Damson Wood Nursery and Infant School would be an independent state-funded school and would receive its funding straight from Central Government rather than Solihull Council.

The school would also have more freedom over its curriculum, length of school days, term times, catchment area and pay and conditions for teachers.

Coun Joe Tildesley, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said the Council, staff and Governors at Damson Wood were committed to securing the school’s future success.

He added: “As Damson Wood Nursery and Infant School is currently in special measures it is expected, by the Department of Education, to now become a sponsored academy.

“There are still several stages to be worked through before an Academy order can be raised by the Secretary of State, during which meaningful consultation will be undertaken with all affected parties.”

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