Councillor Mark Reckless MP has welcomed the news that the Office of the Schools Adjudicator has today ruled against the closure of St John’s Infants School in Chatham and the amalgamation of Delce Infants and Juniors.
Today’s ruling will come as a great relief to all the parents, children and staff who campaigned so hard to keep these small and successful community-based schools.
In November of last year Mark called on the Council to take independent legal advice to clarify whether or not Medway Council was acting lawfully in its plans to close St John’s.
Speaking on the ruling Mark said:
“Last year, I was extremely pleased to have helped keep St Peter’s Infants School open, and I similarly welcome the decision of the adjudicator with regard to St John’s. I was never convinced of the case for closing St John’s and voiced my concerns, including with respect to the legality of the process, in Overview and Scrutiny, to full Council, and finally to the Adjudicator.
My congratulations go out to all the parents, children and staff at St John’s on running such a spirited campaign. I am also delighted that the two Delce schools will retain their independence and hopefully now go from strength to strength. Let us hope that this is the end of these proposals once and for all.”