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MP BACKS PARENTS

Local MP Nigel Waterson has backed parents and staff who are opposed to the possible merger of Roselands Infants and Stafford Junior schools.  He has received a large number of representations from parents and residents.

Nigel commented: “I can certainly understand why the merger was considered.  But having listened to the views of local families and staff, I am not convinced that any alleged advantages would outweigh the disadvantages.  It would only make sense if pupil attainment was likely to be improved.  I am not convinced this would be the case.  So I believe this is an issue where parent power should win the day.”

“The consultation period has now ended, and I have made my own concerns clear to the Local Education Authority. I have urged them to drop the merger idea.”

“However, I think it is important for the pupils that the two schools should work even more closely together in the future.  After all, over 90% of children from Roselands move on to Stafford.”

24 February 2010