In November 2015 I intervened in the matter of the Governing Body proposing to consult on the closure of Ebrington School in Chipping Campden. The process became mired in controversy and confusion. With little evidence produced by the Governing body to support the proposed closure and with growing tensions in the North Cotswolds over the issue there was a need for clarification about the process being followed by the Governing Body and the evidence to support such a proposal to close the school. For this reason I commissioned an Independent Evidence Review to shed light on what was clearly a very complex situation. A very experienced and well qualified team of educationalists, led by Dr Ian H Jones, undertook a very extensive and detailed analysis of the evidence, which you can find below.
I have read this report and believe it to be a thorough, rigorous and detailed analysis of the situation that exists at the two schools. Its purpose was to examine the two proposals by the governing body to launch a pre-consulatation on 28th September 2015 and launched again on the 22nd January 2016 to amalgamate the two schools onto one site in Chipping Campden.
I would like to thank Dr Jones, his team, and the various advisors whom they consulted all of whom gave their time and expertise without receiving any financial reward.
The report is an impressive piece of work by any standard, however, it does not represent my personal views and whilst I broadly support the thrust and conclusions of the report I have not yet had the opportunity to examine all the evidence behind its conclusions and cannot be held responsible in any way for any of the individual statements or conclusions.
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