What was the issue addressed?
Our headteacher was overworked and under pressure, facing the prospect of becoming the only teacher in our small school. The governors wanted to support her but knew that the position of our school was probably untenable, due to dwindling numbers. Some governors wanted to fight on and remain open, but others were more realistic. As a GB, we had to seek advice from multiple sources to form a definite opinion on how to proceed.
The GB sought advice from the county council, requested numerous meetings (which were arranged) and met with community representatives to discuss the prospect of closure.
The GB ultimately decided to enter into voluntary closure, against the wishes of some governors.
The support of local people was invaluable and their input led to a series of events to celebrate the life of the school and turn our final year into a joyful one.
What lessons were learnt?
Despite the sad outcome, the closure of our school was dignified and positive, so, our actions were successful in resolving the issue. The lesson we can learn from this process is that making the right decision will not always be the outcome we, as governors want. Making difficult choices is part of being an effective governor and the needs of the children must always remain paramount.
Do you any worries about the possibility that your school may have to close sometime in the near future?
What difficult decisions has your governing body had to take in the interests of pupils?
Have your say…
Have you had experiences similar to these? What do you think about the situation described?