School merger plans move ahead

PLANS for a new joint church school in Macclesfield moved forward this week.

On Wednesday, Cheshire’s executive member for children’s services, David Rowlands, approved the issue of statutory public notices, proposing the closure of St Barnabas Church of England Primary School and St Edward’s Catholic Primary School in July 2009.

The Dioceses of Chester and Shrewsbury will now move to establish a new joint church school on the St Edward’s site in Fir Grove with effect from September 2009.

At the same meeting, Cty Cllr Rowlands authorised discussions with governors of Ash Grove Primary School to form an action plan to develop and improve the school over a three year period.

He is recommending to Cheshire East Council that the position of Ash Grove be reviewed in October 2011.

“This stage of the Transforming Learning Communities (TLC) review provides the last opportunity for local people to make their views known before a final decision on the possible joint church school will be made in the New Year,” said Cty Cllr Rowlands.

“We will now also formally enter into an agreement with the governing body of Ash Grove Primary School with the aim of significantly improving the school quickly.”

A federation between Bollington St John’s Church of England Primary School and Pott Shrigley Church of England Primary School is proposed, whereby the schools would come together with one head teacher and one governing body. Cty Cllr Rowlands encouraged the schools to continue with discussions to develop detailed proposals and asked that they, along with the other three primary schools in Bollington, should continue to work together.

“Talks will continue between Bollington St John’s and Pott Shrigley, who are investigating the possibility of a ‘hard’ federation between the two,” said Cty Cllr Rowlands.

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