Dear NVN parents,
It was with horror and disappointment that we were made aware just before 1700 on Friday evening that Broomwood Hall, Garrad's Road (GR) would be closing their doors to pre prep in 2020. GR will become a senior school and that is all we know!! Perhaps the owners of BH think that planning permission will be granted at GR due the lack of senior schools in the area, when it has previously been rejected???
When we accepted a place at GR for our child, we happily paid the deposit and would have been happy to pay for the high fees in order to receive a small nurturing environment for our children. Now we are being offered the option to start in September at Ramsden Road (RR) - how will they cope with extra numbers when it is already a busy school which appears to have no extra space, or keep our spot at GR where our child can go for a year before having to move to RR.
We accepted a place at GR due to the size, location and nurturing environment and had we not had this option we would have selected a different school altogether. We have already rejected offers from other schools and with not much notice what do we do?
The area of RR is already congested with drop off's and pick ups so goodness knows that the local residents will make of this? What will happen to the teachers? Will some leave due to the decision, as everything suggests they did not know about this and it has come as a great shock to all. What will happen to the level of education, will class sizes increase greatly? The wonderful head left GR last year, was this the reason? A reason why the head has not been replaced?
Do they intend to build with children at school or do all building works at GR during the school holiday? The school is so small so how would a senior school expect to work there??
I believe that current parents at GR were invited to a meeting at 0900 today (wonderful notice for working parents), we have been invited to a meeting on Thursday morning. What happened at the meeting today?
I am very interested to hear from both parents of children who are due to start in September 2019 and current parents of children at both GR and RR and what their thoughts are.
I do hope that owners will make an appearance as the meetings and not leave all of this to Mrs Jenkinson to sort out!!
With thanks in advance.