Feedback from the public consultation on the future of schools reviewed | New
Comments from a public consultation on proposals to close a primary were considered after all other options to secure the site’s future were exhausted.
A consultation on whether to close Woodfield Community Primary School in Harrogate began earlier in the year after a bid to find an academy sponsor or a merger of schools proved unsuccessful.
As a result, views on a proposed school closure on December 31, 2022 have been sought from a wide range of people and organizations, including parents and school staff.
The proposal is to expand the catchment area of one or more existing schools to include the area currently served by Woodfield Community Primary School.
We collected feedback during the consultation period on these options and any alternatives to them. As part of the formal process, the executive received the feedback at its Tuesday, July 19 meeting and agreed to move to the next step in the school closure process.
This will involve publishing a statutory closure proposal, which will come back to the executive in the fall for a final decision.
A bid to find a suitable solution to keep the school open has been ongoing for over two years.
The school received an inadequate Ofsted judgment following an inspection in January 2020. Under national policy, schools with an inadequate Ofsted result are required to become a sponsored academy, but the Regional Schools Commissioner n was unable to secure a multi-academy trust to sponsor the school. due to viability issues.
As a result, the school’s governing body then considered working with Grove Road Community Primary in Harrogate, to explore combining the two schools and sharing the two sites, but this too proved unsuccessful.
Director of Children and Youth Services, Stuart Carton, said: “Working closely with the Governors, we have explored all possible avenues to try to secure a future for Woodfield Elementary School.
“We understand the sadness families must feel that events have led us to the situation where we are consulting for closure and it is not a situation we wanted to be in. We will continue to work with parents and guardians over the coming months.