The Board of Governors, the Staff and all involved in the Campaign to save Fletching School would like to thank everybody that made the effort to attend the meeting last night. It was a fantastic turnout at such short notice with over 125 people squeezed into the Village Hall. It is reassuring to see that our passion for Fletching School is shared by the wider community, and we very much appreciated your support.
The meeting was chaired by Chair of Governors Jenny Barnard-Langston and she was joined on the panel by our inspiring Headteacher Gemma White, Parent Governors Mark Schulz and Richard Hannay and Father Brian from the Parish Church.
Whilst Jenny walked the audience through the process so far, the enduring message throughout was that the Board of Governors and the Staff of the School do not support the Council’s recommendation and will be fighting against any proposed closure every step of the way.
Jenny Barnard- Langston tells the audience that "Fletching School has not closed"
Over the coming weeks the Campaign team, with the help of the wider community will be reviewing the information provided by the Council, will be identifying areas in which more data is needed and will be proposing ways in which the Council’s recommendations can be refuted and challenged.
The first point of action is a show of support that is required at the Council Meeting on the 24th June. This meeting is where the Lead Member for Education will consider the recommendation to proceed to a consultation period on closing the School. Whilst we are not able to speak at this meeting, a large number of attendees in support of Fletching will give indication to the Council of the level of support the School has, and the size of the fight they have on their hands!
Gemma White, Headteacher took the opportunity to explain why Fletching School is so special. Mrs White explained that the School delivers good outcomes to ALL of its students and the opportunities for varied learning experiences within the School are huge.
Fletching School is, and has always been a family. We don’t refuse children entry where other School’s may, and we ensure that each child leaves having made improvement during their time with us.
We are assessed by Ofsted to be a Good School, and the Local Authority’s own staff have agreed with this in each of their monitoring visits.
Why would a Council want to close a good school that bonds the community and cares for each individual child?