Education moves to close two schools
Friday 20th September 2013, 12:12AM BST.
ST ANDREW’S Primary and St Sampson’s Infant schools are again under threat after Education decided to bring back its controversial move to close the schools.
The department has today published proposals in which the board unanimously agreed to close St Sampson’s Infants in 2014, with pupils being absorbed into Vale Primary.
St Andrew’s would be closed over a phased period ending in 2015.
Deputies will have the final say and will debate the plans at the October States meeting.
Education minister Robert Sillars, pictured – who voted against the proposals in 2009 – decided to support the closures because he believes the arguments are now overwhelming.
‘Last time I felt the arguments were not proven and it was not a good report. It was financially based in 2009 – even the Treasury and Resources minister voted against it.
‘Now we are moving to two and three form entry schools, which is in the best long term interests of the island.’
Read today’s special report on the school closures in the Guernsey Press