Following the decision to close St Andrew’s Primary School I was invited to join the group acting as a liaison between the parents, teachers and pupils of St Andrew and the Education Department.
Things were frosty at the start, probably understandably given how raw everyone felt about the closure. However, everyone acted in a very constructive way to ensure that children experienced as smooth a transition to their new schools as possible. Much credit should go to Sarah Barrett and Charles Swainston for the hard work they did on the group.
Following the closure of the school in July 2015, the group was disbanded in December after its last meeting. It is hoped that in the near future the building can reopen and continue to be at the heart of the community. I still believe the decision to close the school was wrong, but hopefully the group helped to make the inevitable as smooth a process as possible.