Doncaster Council want to close Sycamore Primary School because they say there are surplus school places in Cantley. But we believe that short term financial considerations should not determine the future of education in Cantley or any other area.
If the school closes, pupils will have to be squeezed into other schools, in larger classes with less one to one attention from teaching staff. The education of all children in Cantley will therefore suffer, irrespective of which school they go to.
A recent OFSTED inspection (Nov 2010) stated that Cantley Sycamore School is a “consistently good school”, and the fact that the school has small class sizes undoubtedly plays a large part in this, and should be a lesson to the local authority.
Parents have a real fear that the support and care their children receive at Sycamore will not be provided within larger classes at other schools. Therefore we believe the school should be allowed to continue to provide the high standard of education for our children which we have come to expect from it.
Other primary schools across Doncaster are also threatened with closure, and we are aware of the need to fight for every school and every child’s right to the best possible education. Giving your support to the children, familes and staff of Cantley Sycamore School may well be just the first battle in a long campaign to defend schools in Doncaster, but one we must fight together.
OPEN MEETINGS WITH COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES at Cantley Sycamore Primary School, MONDAY 14 MARCH AT 4.30PM & 6PM
Help us put the case for the continuation of Sycamore’s high standard of education and ask the council to explain why, contrary to all the evidence, they think our children will be better off without our school.
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