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Saturday, 04 July 2015

Bootle primary school saved in council u-turn

CAPTAIN Shaw's school has been saved.

The decision to close the under-threat school was rejected by Cumbria County Council cabinet  today.

Cabinet members said the decision to keep the school open was thanks to the arguments against closure put forward by the community and county council officers.

Now the Cabinet members said the school and its supporters must now 'act quickly' to improve the school's performance.

Anne Burns, Cabinet member for Children's Social Care, said: "This decision has been taken following prolonged and careful
consideration by elected members. The school and the local community have mounted a compelling campaign to keep the school open. But it is now absolutely up to them to put plans into action to address all the concerns that have been highlighted during this process.

"Cabinet will be keeping a close watch over the coming months and will want to see clear evidence of improvement in educational standards and the school's finances. This is an opportunity for the whole community to come together to think innovatively about the school's future."

Eddie Martin, Leader of Cumbria County Council, said: "There is a broad presumption in the Department for Education guidance against the closure of rural schools. We want to send a clear message to small schools in Cumbria that we value their role in sustaining local communities. We're also clear that each case must be looked at on its merits. Captain Shaw's school must justify the faith that Cabinet has shown in it."

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The governors failure to pursue Academy status throughout the whole process speaks volumes. They know that the failure of the school to provide the national average standard of education (bearing in mind this includes, and is in comparison to, urban areas of high immigration/deprivation/large class numbers) even against to school a mere two and a half miles away that is in a smaller settlement and yet exceeds Captain Shaw's numbers and achievements means that they would be unlikely to be accepted to the Government flagship programme. Should they be congratulated on depriving their children of a reasonable education based on an Ofsted report well out of date relating to teachers that left the school a number of years ago?

Posted by Concerned on 6 May 2012 at 02:34

Yes indeed fabulous news!
Thank you Will and the NWEMail, your excellent coverage was invaluable. To everyone who came together to support our little school... A MASSIVE THANK YOU TOO! Bootle, The Lake District is well and truly celebrating tonight. To all those families looking for a wonderfully unique and highly valued school in an equally super village - please come and visit us at Captain Shaw's CE Primary.

Posted by Trudy on 13 April 2012 at 00:56

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