Decision to close Rodmell School is ‘disappointing’ – says Lewes MP

Protestors march against closure of Rodmell School SUS-170125-094539001
Protestors march against closure of Rodmell School SUS-170125-094539001

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield says a decision taken by the governing body of Rodmell School to pursue its closure is ‘disappointing’.

In July, the Lewes MP made representations to East Sussex County Council’s cabinet, welcoming their decision to halt closure of the school.

Since this decision, the local authority and the MP have proactively offered support in trying to look at possible options available to Governors in taking the school forward.

Mrs Caulfield said, “I am disappointed to learn of this decision by the governing body of Rodmell School, which will come as a blow to parents, staff and members of the community who joined me in campaigning to secure its future.

“Like those at East Sussex County Council, I too have personally met with Governors of the school to discuss possible options that are open to them, including working with other local schools.

“As far as I was aware, this had led to the school looking at options for a partnership model which would have been presented to the local authority by the end of Term 4.

“This decision, which was neither expected by myself, nor as I understand it by East Sussex County Council, is therefore both surprising and regretful.

“Having spoken with officials at East Sussex County Council this morning I echo their commitment to ensuring that the best interests of the children at Rodmell CE Primary School remain our priority during this difficult time.”