JAN 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Parents To Be Asked About School Closures Plan
consultation on the proposed closure and merging of schools in
Coventry will start next month, but should not become a war using
children, councillors have decided.
schools are currently affected in the plans to reduce 2,000
surplus places from the city by 2005.
bid is to be made to the government for money to remodel and
rebuild schools as part of the efficiency measures ordered by the
DfEE and Ofsted.
today agreed to send the proposals out to a series of public
meetings at all the affected schools.
plans will then be considered in April and the hope is to advertise
the legal notices for the closures and changes in May.
a packed meeting today, Cllr Rob Windsor said which ever way the
scheme was looked at it was “still a closure programme”.
argued that the council should have lobbied the government for an
increase on the amount of space allowed per pupils, as this would
have reduced the amount of surplus spaces.
he caused fury among other councillors when he remarked:
closures are proposed a battle will take place in local
communities and I won’t be shy in helping organise people.”
Dave Chater summed up the mood against Cllr Windsor when he said:
not prepared to use children as cannon fodder.”
George Duggins, cabinet member (Education and Library Services)
said the consultation would be “robust” and could lead to
changes, as it had done in 1995 when the last surplus place
exercise took place.
said the exercise should be seen as a positive chance to improve
the lot of children in the city:
are proposals, but we don’t have the monopoly on good ideas if
people come forward with another way of tackling the problem.
main people we have to consider are the children. They are
first, second and third. We don’t have an option to do
added that teachers’ jobs were more likely to be secure in
larger schools, as small schools’ funding is often at the mercy
of demographics and doesn’t allow for long-term planning.
Duggins added that the full list of meetings would be made
available as “a matter of priority.”
[09 JAN 01] COVENTRY
SCHOOLS TO CLOSE AS PLACES ARE CUT