Closure of Ashbury Pre-School
The Trustees of the Pre-school regret to announce that the Pre-school will not be able to open on 11 September as we had hoped, and, further, that we will put forward a resolution at the AGM on 14 September for it to be wound up permanently.
I’m sure you will understand that this decision has been reached only after much discussion and active searching for alternatives and you will know from recent media coverage that ours is not the only Pre-school facing such challenges.
Whilst the immediate problem was one of staffing, it was also relevant that:
- we do not enough sufficient numbers to run at break-even and would probably be operating at a loss after Christmas. Although in previous years numbers have increased at the start of term, there are no signs of this happening again this year.
- with only small numbers, we would not be able to meet our legal and moral obligation to offer children the learning and development opportunities necessary to prepare them for school It seems that the days of small Pre-schools run as charities by volunteers from the community may be coming to an end. We very much hope that suitable alternative arrangements will emerge for Ashbury. We are most grateful to everyone who has supported the Pre-school over so many years whether as staff, parents, volunteers or friends; we should also mention especially the Free Church and the Sir William Cash Fund. Together you have provided local children with a great start to their education.
At a special meeting on 5 September 2017 the trustees decided, after careful thought and with much regret, to recommend to the AGM that the Pre-school should close. This resolution was approved at the AGM on 14 September 2017
Ashbury is served by an excellent Primary School catering for around 65 pupils from 4 to 11 years of age; the School’s motto is “We Care” which very much signifies the School’s ethos.
The School has a Partnership Foundation Stage Unit with a Pre-School which caters for children aged from two and a half to four.
The primary school capped a fantastic year in 2016 when OFSTED graded it a very good school, SIAMS graded it an outstanding school and the National results for progress from Key Stage 1 to the end of Key Stage 2 ranked it 2nd nationally.
A number of Secondary Schools in the area cater for older pupils.
Ashbury Primary School
Ashbury with Compton Beauchamp C of E (Voluntary Aided) Primary School is located in the centre of the Village and accepts 4 to 11 year old children resident within the Oxfordshire Local Authority.
Ashbury School has it’s own website: http://www.ashburyprimary.org.uk
School contact details:
Phone: 01793 710259; Fax: 01793 710534;
The “Friends of Ashbury School” are a group of parents and friends of the school who organise social and fundraising events.
Ashbury School is proud to be part of the Faringdon Partnership, an alliance of local primary and secondary schools who work together to share ideas and events and to enhance and further childrens’ learning and experiences.
The following schools cater for older children. Each has a comprehensive website which has been bookmarked for consultation:
- Faringdon Community College, Faringdon
- King Alfred’s Community and Sports College, Wantage
- The Ridgeway School, Wroughton