THERE will be no changes to the town’s school system after Droitwich Spa High announced it was no longer looking to have a year seven group.
The announcement was made on the school’s website just weeks before a consultation on the issue was due to come to an end.
We reported a fortnight ago how the headteachers of the two middle schools – Cath Crossley from Witton and Donna Evans from Westacre – had both said they had received overwhelming support from parents and would be keeping their year seven groups.
Then Worcestershire County Council commented on the situation, stating it no longer had the resources to work towards a two-tier system across the county and it would not support proposals for change in the remaining three tier pyramids unless they had the support of all schools affected.
The statement from Droitwich Spa High also stated: “The governors also considered other views that have been expressed.
“These were varied, but there was widespread concern about the timing of the proposal.”
“The governors concluded that the consultation had already provided sufficient information and that it should be drawn to a close.
“They have decided not to pursue their proposal to alter the planned admission number and admit year seven to Droitwich Spa High School.”
Mrs Crossley, from Witton Middle School, said it was a victory for parent power.
“It’s great news for the first and middle schools.
“Miss Waters (headteacher at Droitwich Spa High) did say it was a consultation and she would listen and it is great that she has.
“All the support we have had – from parents, the MP and the county council – has been overwhelming.
“She has listened to the parents’ views and it shows how the right outcome can be reached if there is enough strength of feeling.
“It was overwhelmingly what the parents wanted.”