Education vows to ease pain of school closures
Saturday 2nd November 2013, 12:55PM GMT.
EDUCATION has pledged to make the closure of St Andrew’s Primary and St Sampson’s Infants as ‘pain-free as possible’ for the 250 children affected.
The department yesterday sought to reassure parents and teachers that it would provide support to make sure the transitions ran smoothly for everyone involved.
Politicians who voted in favour of the closures have faced a barrage of criticism from upset campaigners following the debate.
Many parents have said shutting both schools would be a ‘terrible loss’ while other islanders have taken to online forums and social media sites to voice their opinions.
The head teachers of St Andrew’s Primary and St Sampson’s Infants also spoke for the first time since hearing that their schools were to shut.
Education minister Deputy Robert Sillars said he had ‘heartfelt’ thoughts for those parents, teachers and children who would be affected but he insisted that the right decision had been made.
Speaking yesterday, St Andrew’s head Linda Paley, pictured, said the coming months would be difficult for the school community, which had successfully campaigned to keep the establishment open in 2009.
‘It fills me with great sadness that the States have made this decision,’ she said.