Two Warwickshire schools in a
village near Coleshill are likely to be merged into one building to
save money and allow improvements to be made.
The neighbouring Baddesley
Ensor Junior and Infant schools have been recommended for closure by
Warwickshire County Council and the Church of England.
Members of the county council’s
cabinet are being asked to approve the merger of the two schools into
an extended Infant School building.
Parents of youngsters at the
school have been split during consultation over the proposals.
Governors and teachers say it
would save money on maintenance bills.
The Junior School in
particular suffers, as the playing field is higher than the building,
It also has car parking
problems, a small assembly hall on the first floor and insufficient
The proposals, due to be
considered next week, are to create a school taking 45 children per
age group for 4 to 10-year-olds.
Currently the Infant School
can take 45 youngsters per age group, and the Junior School 68
Preliminary plans for the
extension estimate that £1 million needs to be spent on extending the
Infant School to accommodate everyone.
Parents have been told that
both schools face financial difficulties because they have fewer
pupils than expected.
This means that each school
gets less income, because they are paid per pupil, and a higher
proportion of the money available has to go on repairs.
At a public meeting called to
discuss the changes last month, several speakers expressed concern
that the pupils would suffer while the building work was carried out.
Others called for the Junior
School to be repaired instead and pre-school facilities to be included
in the scheme.
Some claimed they had been
presented with a fait accompli as the plans had already been drawn up.
But Junior School governor
Martin Sharp said:
“This building needs
everything doing. The roof leaks, the offices are too small, the
rooms are damp.
the amalgamation goes through, let’s get a newer, better school
out of it, rather than using all the money just to maintain this