Reading Welcomes News that Chiltern Edge School is to Remain Open

NEWS that Chiltern Edge School is to remain open has been welcomed by Reading Borough Council.

Members of Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet resolved not to publish a statutory notice proposing closure of the secondary school yesterday (Tuesday 21st November).

Senior council officers and councillors from Reading had been lobbying for the school to remain open after its future was put in doubt following an ‘Inadequate’ Ofsted judgement.

Cllr Tony Jones, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Education, said:

“The decision to keep Chiltern Edge School open is excellent news for parents, pupils and teachers at the school.

“We never believed closure of Chiltern Edge was acceptable and I am delighted that Oxfordshire’s Cabinet members have reached the same conclusion.

“The threat to the school’s future brought out a huge amount of support for Chiltern Edge and I hope to see that goodwill continue as it continues on its improvement journey.

“I am pleased to hear that progress is being made in key areas since the Ofsted inspection and that the school appears to be heading in the right direction towards providing good quality education for its pupils, which includes many Reading children.”

Oxfordshire County Council announced a consultation on the possible closure of Chiltern Edge in April after the school was placed in Special Measures.

A report to Oxfordshire’s Cabinet advised members there had been progress made by the school towards addressing the weaknesses identified by Ofsted, progress on creating an in year balanced budget and progress in identifying an appropriate academy sponsor for the school.

The full report can be found here:

David Millward

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