Article read with horror
From: Janice Burgess, Knaresborough
I HAVE read with horror your article on Castle CE Junior School, with Coun Andy Wright’s comments hitting very close to the grain.
Does he or has he ever visited this school? Has he ever had a child at this school? He is really not able to comment if he has not and it is extremely distressing to think that he is in local government serving the people of Knaresborough with such tainted views of something that he clearly knows nothing about. You cannot possibly form opinions without first thoroughly investigating which he clearly has not done. Needless to say he would never get my vote.
Castle School have done an excellent job in informing parents of the likely merger. Having never experienced this kind of split education before, it seems ludicrous to house the children in separate facilities anyway if the main school is able to accommodate everyone. Is this where our council tax is going?
On moving to Knaresborough from Scotland in May of last year, we visited several schools in the area and we were very impressed with the ambience in this school. The facilities within the school and the playground are excellent. Two of our children joined this school, one now having moved on to King James’s.
For Coun Andy Wright to say that the school should do more to attract is simply stupid. There is not a lot you can do with the look of a building, but once inside it feels very nice and inviting for adults and children.
We are now living right across the road from Aspin Park Primary School and whilst I acknowledge having first hand knowledge of this school as well that it is also a very good school, even though it would be easier for me I will not move my younger child out of Castle. He is so happy and settled and thoroughly enjoys being at this school which leads to much more effective learning.
All three of our children have experienced independent education and a short time in the state sector in Scotland and I can only say that Castle rates very highly on our scale. The headteacher and staff at Castle have helped our children not just settle in a new school but cope with a move from all they have known into the unknown.
Quite why people choose other schools to send their children to is a puzzle to me. Perhaps if the admissions policy of North Yorkshire Education Department was changed it would help. Their policies certainly put a lot more cars on the road every morning and evening. Part of the reason for expected numbers to drop at Castle could be to do with demographics in that people living in this area are no longer of childbearing age.
I feel sure you will get lots of letters from parents whose children attend Castle as a result of this article.
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