Merger between nursery and school
A PROPOSAL to merge the management teams of Tower Nursery School and Park Primary School was given the council seal of approval last week.
Councillors approved the proposal at Thursday's council meeting, following weeks of consultations between the council, teachers, parents and pupils of both schools.
An education review in 2007, of 3-12 years olds, provided a recommendation that nursery schools should be located within a primary school campus where possible.
Following this the council drew up two options for the nursery - it would either be re-located or the management of both schools would be shared by one team.
A petition against the proposed move was originally drawn up by parents of Tower Nursery who wanted the nursery to remain in its purpose built facility and as of last week's decision this was made possible.
At the council meeting Councillor George Matchett said he was very pleased with the progress of the consultations and how the consultations had been carried out.
He added afterwards, "I have every confidence that the head teacher of Park Primary School will welcome the addition of the nursery class and, with her staff, will ensure that colleagues from the nursery are quickly and warmly welcomed into the staff team of the school and, even more importantly, the children of both the nursery class and those in the primary school will benefit from this new arrangement."
Councillor Kenneth Earle said that the model at Clackmannan Primary School could be used as an example of how primaries and nurseries could be combined and that "there will be a maximum benefit to the children attending the nursery",
The council had six days from Thursday to officially submit the proposal to the Scottish Government for approval and a decision will then be returned within three weeks.
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 08 Jun 11
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