Reading Welcomes Future Plans for Chiltern Edge School

NEWS that Chiltern Edge School is expected to be saved from closure has been welcomed by Reading Borough Council.

The Cabinet Member for Education at Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed today that she will not be recommending the closure of the school at the authority’s cabinet meeting on 18th July.

Reading has been lobbying for the school to remain open after its future was thrown into doubt following an ‘Inadequate’ judgement from Ofsted inspectors.

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

“I’m delighted that Oxfordshire’s Cabinet Member for Education, Hilary Hibbert-Biles, has decided not to recommend the closure of Chiltern Edge School.

“The news will come as a great relief to parents, pupils and teachers at the school who have had to live with a high degree of uncertainty over the last three months.

“The consultation held by Oxfordshire showed an enormous amount of support and affection for Chiltern Edge and I witnessed this myself during a number of public meetings I attended.

“However, we must not forget that the school still faces a number of challenges and must overcome the serious issues highlighted by Ofsted and its ongoing financial problems. Providing good quality education for pupils, many of whom are Reading children, must be top priority and I wish all concerned well in securing a sponsor for the school.”

Oxfordshire County Council announced a consultation on the possible closure of Chiltern Edge on 27th April after the school was placed in Special Measures.

There was strong support for the school to remain open among the community and Reading’s Council leader Cllr Jo Lovelock, Cllr Jones and senior officers met with Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth to express their concerns.

A report on the outcome of the consultation and recommendations for an external review of the school’s progress will be considered by Oxfordshire’s Cabinet next Tuesday (18th July).

Oxfordshire’s press release on the future of Chiltern Edge can be found at: http://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/no-closure-plans-following-chiltern-edge-consultation/

David Millward

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