Friday, September 20, 2013
Residents face race against time to secure school’s future.
Residents have launched a campaign promoting the virtues of under-threat Musbury Primary School as it faces a race against time to secure its future.
The campaign has also been supported by the deputy leader of East Devon District Council.
Councillor Andrew Moulding, who is a resident, is fronting the fight following the threat of the school’s closure due to dwindling pupil numbers.
He, along with other villagers, has pledged to do everything he can to make the case for the school’s future.
“As I represent the interests of the local residents and the village community, I felt I would be more than happy to launch a campaign to promote Musbury School,” he said. “Musbury has a lot going for it, and I would be delighted if we could open up a new chapter in its history.”
The group will only have a matter of weeks to put their campaign into action as the consultation period to consider the school’s future will commence on September 25 – the last date for people to have their say.
Since the issue came to light, Musbury has undertaken a new management partnership with Sidmouth Primary School, with Paul Walker holding the position of the executive headteacher.
The partnership has also appointed a new head of school, John Montgomery, who has stressed his willingness to support the school during the current uncertain period.
He said: “There’s a great deal of passion circulating around the village about Musbury Primary’s future.
“My position within the school means I will focus entirely on making sure the children’s education is delivered to the highest level, and that it will be a happy place whilst I’m here.”
Campaigners have moved quickly to publicise the school, and several events are in the process of being planned. Among these is a Musbury’s Got Talent skills day.