Ryeish in Church plea to stay open
August 22, 2007
Ryeish Green School bosses are hoping divine intervention will help in its desperate bid to remain open.
Representatives from the Spencers Wood secondary, which will close in 2010 after failing to get backing from Wokingham Borough Council for its trust status bid, will lobby church leaders to fight for the right to remain open.
Supporters of the school will ask Wokingham and Reading’s local Church of England diocese and the local Roman Catholic bishop to appeal to the Government to rethink the closure.
The vow to seek support elsewhere follows the unanimous executive committee decision to close the school.
At the meeting last Thursday at the council’s Shute End offices there were tears and shouts of protest as leader of the council Cllr Frank Browne announced Ryeish Green was “not viable in the future” because it had so few pupils.
By law only senior religious figures and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) can appeal for an independent school adjudicator to appraise the decision to shut up shop.
The school, which wanted to gain trust status – where it would run its own staffing, admissions, structure and buildings – is not allowed
to ask the school adjudicator to delve into the consultation.
Read more on Ryeish Green School in this week's Wokingham Times.