parents voice concerns about schools merger
of worried parents from Highbridge's soon-to-merge St Johns and
Beechfield Schools expressed their concerns over the amalgamation
during a stormy meeting on Wednesday afternoon (July 14th).
headteacher Wendy Nelder faced questions from 60 parents during
the meeting, which was held in St Johns School's main hall.
expressed their concerns at the lack of communication over the
merger of the schools, the high cost of the new green pupil uniforms
and the small size of the merged school," one parent told
Burnham-On-Sea.com following the meeting.
amazed that the merged school will have less than 20 new spaces
for pupils despite the ever increasing growth of Highbridge. The
new school will be inadequate for the town's needs."
added that parents were also unhappy that the new headteacher
was unable to provide answers to all of the parents' questions.
reported last year
how plans to amalgamate Beechfield Infants School and St Johns
Church of England Junior School were given a green light by
Somerset County Council.
newly-amalgamated school, to be called Churchfield Primary School,
will open this September.
in the proposal is a huge multi-million pound building programme
to replace the current infants and junior school buildings. The
new facilities are due to be built on the current site at a cost
of £6.3m, with the new school due to open in September 2012.
has been no confirmation from the government as to whether the
building project is threatened by its countrywide cuts to dozens
of school construction schemes as part of its bid to cut the UK's