23rd Oct, 2016

Consultation at heart of survey

Evesham Editorial 20th Feb, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE HEADTEACHER of Pershore High School has defended his school’s decision to hold a consultation into changing the school system.

Clive Corbett spoke to the Observer to defend the process and stressed consultation was the only aim of the process.

He said the results of the consultation would guide High School governors when they meet to discuss the next step on

Wednesday (February 25).

“Respondents to the survey have the simple opportunity to agree or disagree with both options, namely a change to take in Year seven pupils in 2016, or at a later date.” he said.

“I do not believe that this is a confusing choice. Stakeholders have known about this since the survey went live.

“We are not trying to achieve something through a process of attrition.

“If both options are rejected, then the third way will come into place, namely to get together representatives of all schools in a strategic group to look at the best way forward for all of our children

“This group would be supported by the local authority and diocese.” he added.

“I have suggested a working group of all schools. Many have said that they would welcome this way forward so that all

schools work together rather than operating separately.

“This will ensure that any damage done can be swiftly repaired as the pyramid moves forward together.

Mr Corbett expressed his hope words such as ‘carnage’ and ‘chaos’ were removed from discussions and described them

as ‘not helpful’.

“The future of all of our children is far too important to be lost in the personalisation of issues.” he said.

“This is not about me or any other individual, it is not about winning and losing, it is about the future of all of our children.

“If we cannot have an intelligent and informed discussion on how we can improve things then that will be a very sad day indeed.

“The governors of Pershore High School will make a decision that is the best interests of every child in the Pershore pyramid.” he added.