There was good news back in July for Rodmell School. The all powerful ESCC Cabinet agreed not to close the school. Thanks to the efforts of parents, governors, members of the public and ward councillors Rodmell School won a reprieve! However we are not at the end of the road yet, the County’s decision has a specific condition:
Extract from ESCC Cabinet minutes:
As you will see, there is a requirement for the governors to produce an acceptable long-term plan during term 5. That means they have to submit a plan between 18 April and 26 May 2017! I’m sure this will become a hot topic during the county council elections which are due to take place in May 2017.
In the meantime, I would like to thank County Councillor Carla Butler for her hard work to keep the School open. Here is what she said after the decision:
As many may already know, the planning application for improvements and expansion of Iford & Kingston School got the go-ahead at the May meeting of the East Sussex County Council Planning Committee. Whilst I’m sure we all support better facilities for the children at the school, I was saddened by the County Council’s decision not to include any significant funds for highway and footpath improvements to try and alleviate the traffic problems caused by parents from outside the village having to drop off and collect their children. The County Council’s policy of expanding the school will add even more rush-hour traffic problems to Kingston. (click below to read more)
Have your say on a proposal to close Rodmell CE Primary School! As many will know there is a proposal by ESCC to close the school. Currently the Council are running a public consultation, part of which is a public meeting. It will be held at The Church of St Peter, Rodmell on Tuesday 3 May, 2016 at 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Come along and put your views.
If you can’t make it you can still put forward your views – the consultation doesn’t close until the end of this month – 27th May 2016. You can:
Or fill in a consultation form – these are available at County Hall & Lewes Public Library. Copies may be available at the meeting on the 3rd May.
The Rodmell Village website has more information – CLICK HERE Please follow the link on the page to some corrections to several statements given in the ESCC consultation paper, by Anne Roberts, Vice Chair of the School Governors for Rodmell School.
For more information from the County Council – CLICK HERE
In addition there is a petition running about the closure – PETITION