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Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Report Released:
Closure NOT Recommended

DCC has released the report written by their Education Officers.

Their recommendation, which is NOT to close Combs Infant School, will be put before the DCC Cabinet on 30 October.

You can download a full copy of the report. (123k, Adobe Acrobat Format)

The report ends:

Strategic Director for Children and Younger Adults’ Recommendations

7.1 That the Authority does not proceed to the publication of Statutory Notices in respect of the proposed closure of Combs Infant School with effect from 31 August 2008.

7.2 That the situation regarding surplus places in this area of the County be kept under review.

We want to know what you think, so please leave a comment on this post as soon as possible. If you're not sure how to do that, read this post to find out how to leave a comment.

UPDATE 23 OCT, 16:20
A press release has been issued on behalf of the campaign. Download (65k, Adobe Acrobat format)

UPDATE 23 OCT, 21:04
In response to questions and concerns we've received, we can pass on something we've been told by a good source:
"It is unthinkable that the Cabinet wouldn't accept the recommendation. It would be indefensible at a judicial review."


webmaster said...

DCC still can't get the numbers right! The report says that there were 1687 petitioners. Actually, there were 2141 (and thanks to all of you, once again). I have the records of DCC having been given all of the correct information.

Tom Levitt MP said...

(Second attempt)Congratulations to those who have worked so hard on behalf of the school and the wider community in Combs. On the issue of standards the school was always on solid ground and this has proved decisive in influencing the officers' recommendation that the school should not be closed. As I said in a previous quote on your web site, this issue was always going to be decided on the strength of the arguments rather than on the numbers or status of those supporting the campaign. This is clearly what has happened and I am pleased that my contribution - through Parliamentary questions and correspondence with DCC - has enabled those arguments to be fully aired in an informed way.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news. Makes up for all the weekend sporting disappointments. Congratulations to all concerned in the fight for educational excellence,

John and Mary Samuel

combsman said...

Derbyshire Council have made a decision based on something that was totally obvious at the start - that taking away a top performer doesn't improve the average standard. The council have wasted taxpayer's money going through this needless exercise, and should be held to account.