Save Alderman Swindell Primary
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After nearly 90 years of educating the children of Yarmouth North, Alderman Swindell Primary School is the subject of a consultation that proposes to close our school and amalgamate it with North Denes.
The disruption to children's education that will be brought about by at least 3 years of construction and shuttling pupils between schools and into temporary accommodation is a grave concern to parents and staff. Alderman Swindell Primary School has consistently met or exceeded the national average and has shown an increase in our results year-on-year for the past 3 years.Small schools such as Alderman Swindell play a vital role in their communities and research shows that in deprived areas 1-form entry schools outperform larger schools in both results and behaviour.
Small schools such as Alderman Swindell play a vital role in their communities and research shows that in deprived areas 1-form entry schools outperform larger schools in both results and behaviour.
The North Denes site has access problems, parents will have to cross to main roads without any pedestrian crossings during the busy rush-hour period, the increase in the number of vehicles parking on a busy junction poses an additional risk to pupils safety. There is also a significant concern with the management of North Denes Primary which is classed by the Department for Education as a "coasting" school which may be subject to forced academisation if it does not improve its performance.
We call upon Norfolk County Council to respect the wishes of our community and keep Alderman Swindell Primary open to serve another 90 years of Yarmouth pupils.
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