Governing board approved to decide future of troubled village school

Badwell Ash Primary School.
Badwell Ash Primary School.

Plans to appoint a specialist board of governors to decide the future of a troubled village school have been backed by the Government.

The Education Secretary Michael Gove gave the go-ahead for an Interim Executive Board (IEB) to take the reins at Badwell Ash CEVC Primary after all but one of its governors resigned.

The board will determine what will happen with the school, which was saved earlier this year when governors made a u-turn against closure plans following a parent-led campaign.

Last month, villagers flocked to a meeting with Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley to seek his help over the matter.

Responding in a letter to a parent, Mr Ruffley said: “I hope the IEB will have a meeting with concerned parents before they make any decision. I have written to the chairman of the IEB to ask for such a meeting so that you and my other constituents affected can get answers.”

He noted that there had been three attempts at federating Badwell Ash with other schools but ‘none of these had worked’. He said: “This is maybe something that the IEB take into account.”

Mr Ruffley added that he had been waiting for information from Suffolk County Council before responding to parents.

Karl Hortt, chairman of Badwell Ash Parish Council, said they were ‘determined to fight for the school’. He said: “We will do whatever we can to save our school. ”

The Venerable Dr David Jenkins, Archdeacon of Sudbury and Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Education, said: “The diocese continues to work closely with the local authority in supporting Badwell Ash Primary School, as it assesses its individual future with a new interim executive board in place.”

A spokesman for the county council said they are in the process of setting up the IEB.