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Thursday, 5 July 2007

Keeping the Campaign Positive

The following letter was sent earlier this week to the acting Head Teacher and the Chair of Governing Body at Chapel-en-le-Frith Primary School, by the Chairman of Governors at Combs, following a meeting he requested last week.

Ms Leonie Hill
Acting Head Teacher
Chapel-en-le-Frith CE Primary School

Dear Ms Hill

Thank you for seeing Steve Lyons and me on Friday 30th with Sue Oliver.

We were disturbed to hear of the concerns that you both have, together with some of the Chapel-en-le-Frith Primary parents, in relation to our campaign to save Combs Infant School. Throughout our campaign, including in leaflets and in any presentation we have made in a public forum, we have always sought to present facts. These have included Ofsted inspection results. We have specifically sought to avoid creating any tension between our two schools and have received a high level of support from the people of Chapel-en-le-Frith generally.

One could hold the view that the tension you described to us on Friday is exactly what DCC was hoping to achieve by effectively setting our two schools against each other through their emotively cost-focused closure proposal for Combs. To avoid giving DCC this satisfaction and, more importantly, for the good of our local education community, we need to work together to dispel such tension.

Whilst we are pleased to have gained the support of The High Peak Borough Council Social Inclusion and Community Committee, we do appreciate that you and your parents may take issue with some of Cllr David Lomax’s comments as reported (in the Buxton Advertiser on 28 June and reprinted on our campaign web site). Let me assure you that in presenting to the Social Inclusion and Community Committee, we made absolutely no reference to “problems” at Chapel-en-le-Frith Primary School.

Combs Infant and Chapel-en-le-Frith Primary Schools enjoy a strong and cooperative working relationship, including your making available to Combs a number of your facilities. We do not want this relationship jeopardised and, on the assumption that DCC sees sense and determines not to close Combs School, we look forward to continuing to work with you and your school into the future.

Yours sincerely, on behalf of the governors of Combs Infant School,

Nye Rowlands
Chair of Governors

cc: Ms Oliver, Chair of Governors

Ms Oliver's letter to the Buxton Advertiser, which appeared in the 5 July edition, can be read here.

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