A school’s future has finally been secured after months of uncertainty following a damning Ofsted report.
The decision to save Chiltern Edge school in Sonning Common comes after months of campaigning from parents and children.
The school had been put in special measures after a poor grading following an inspection in March.
Speaking after the county council’s decision to save the school at a meeting on Tuesday, Henley MP John Howell, said: “I am delighted the school will be saved and will not now be asked to close.
“My congratulations go to all those who campaigned for the school. This school plays a vital role in the community of Sonning Common. Parents have been fantastic as has the head and I look forward to working with them.”
The council commissioned an external review in October to assess the progress of a project to ‘raise education standards’ to justify the school’s future.
Mr Howell supported the recommendation to keep the school open ahead of the meeting, saying: “The school has improved considerably and continues to improve further. This addresses the concerns raised by Ofsted.”
In July, the council said it was in the early stages of finding a potential sponsor, after a three-month consultation.
During the consultation, there were more than 1,000 objections to the closure, and most stated that the school should be given more time and support.
There were also many responses that disagreed with the Ofsted judgement, saying the criticism did not reflect their experience of the school.
In July, cabinet member for education, Hilary Hibbert-Biles, said the county council was working towards a solution to save the school.
She said: “I have been impressed by the tremendous level of support for the school and the high regard in which it is so obviously held – despite the very serious criticisms from Ofsted.”