Save The Kids Academy
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In 2007 “The Kids’ Academy” opened on their current site in partnership with Moulsham Junior School and its’ then Head Teacher – Linda Hughes. They took an initial lease for 10 years with Essex County Council with a view to extending in the future.
In 2011 Moulsham Junior School became an “Academy School” and unbeknown to them the lease for the land that they currently occupy passed to the Junior School.
An “Academy School” is a Company registered at Companies House with recorded Directors who act as School Governors.
Linda Hughes retired and was replaced by the current Head Teacher, Marie Staley, in September 2014. A new Chairman of the School Board of Governors (and Director of the Academy School Company) was appointed in 2012 and this is Dr Sameh Kamel Hindi.
The Board of Governors / Directors control the School and all the decisions made that relate to the School in conjunction with the Schools Management Team.
Without warning, on Friday 24th March 2017 they received an email, with an attached letter, from Marie Staley (Head Teacher) advising them that Moulsham Junior School would not be renewing their lease for the land that they have occupied for the last 10 years.
They immediately consulted with the Chief Executive of Essex County Council and the Head of Early Years for Essex. They were informed that the Academy School is free to make its own decisions through the Board of Governors who represent the parents and pupils of the Junior School. Therefore Essex County Council could not intervene in securing a new lease for them at the Junior School.
They have had no opportunity to meet with the Board of Governors to discuss the matter but they have been looking for alternate sites in the local area to continue to provide us with the “OFSTED OUTSTANDING” facility that they have developed over the last 10 years.
They have looked at several local sites to re-locate their building to but all of the local open space has been ring-fenced for future housing developments.
There is already a shortage of Nursery and Pre-School provision in the local area and their After-School and Breakfast Club supports many local working families.
Unless the Board of Governors of Moulsham Junior School reverses it decision and allows them to take a further lease for the small area that they currently occupy then they will be forced to close their doors on July 28th 2017.
They will have to remove our purpose built building and clear the site of all the fences / decking / wildlife areas / rabbit enclosure and wildlife garden etc. before 29th September 2017.
Unless they can find a way to continue to deliver their services then they would also have to make 15 staff members redundant – after many years of loyal service to the children and families of the local community.
Please sign the petition to save The Kids Academy from closure. It will have a detrimental effect on the children, parents, staff and local community.
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