Merger of York primary schools a ‘big success’

York Press: Merger of York primary schools a ‘big success’ Merger of York primary schools a ‘big success’

THE merger of two York primary schools has been a great success in its first term, the head teacher says.

Osbaldwick Primary School merged with Derwent School in the summer, and the two schools now operate as one from two sites.

Headteacher Lesley Barringer said the first term together had been a success.

“Osbaldwick was a school of 210 and over-subscribed. We now have 312 children and another 34 in the nursery,” she said. “The local authority was very supportive with new resources including excellent outdoor areas and equipment.”

The merger has brought Derwent’s nursery to Osbaldwick school – the first time it has had early years provision.

Over the summer Mrs Barringer and the governors interviewed 80 people to take up 40 jobs at the new school – including teachers, teaching assistants, pastoral care providers, midday supervisors and cleaners.

She said: “We are delighted with our new nursery provision offering mornings, afternoons and lunchclub. We were very pleased but not surprised as the staff have all worked so hard. Their commitment is wonderful and the parents and children have been incredibly supportive.”

The autumn term saw pupils and staff celebrate their harvest festival and Christmas concerts, and the school halls were overflowing with parents for the two harvest festival events and seven Christmas concerts.

The school has commissioned an independent review after the merger and was graded good or outstanding in all areas – teaching, leadership, behaviour or achievement.

“I am very proud of everyone and all the work they have put in. The children have been marvellous, and we have had huge support from the parents,” said the head.

The New Year will see the school start work to bring allotments and science areas in its grounds back into operation, with help from the gardening group and after-school club.

Coun Janet Looker, City of York Council’s cabinet member for education, said the decision to merge the schools was taken after a long consultation.

She was delighted the independent report confirmed that the new school was performing well.

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1:05pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Osso10 says...

A 'big success'? I think that depends on your perspective. As a parent of children at this school I regretfully have to disagree.
A 'big success'? I think that depends on your perspective. As a parent of children at this school I regretfully have to disagree. Osso10

2:18pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Stevie D says...

Osso10 wrote:
A 'big success'? I think that depends on your perspective. As a parent of children at this school I regretfully have to disagree.
Why? What don't you think is good about the new arrangements?
[quote][p][bold]Osso10[/bold] wrote: A 'big success'? I think that depends on your perspective. As a parent of children at this school I regretfully have to disagree.[/p][/quote]Why? What don't you think is good about the new arrangements? Stevie D

2:27pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Osso10 says...

I am not prepared to list my complaints publicly however I would say that there have been many negative effects of the merger and few positive. Some of the behaviour displayed by new pupils and their parents is disgraceful.
I am not prepared to list my complaints publicly however I would say that there have been many negative effects of the merger and few positive. Some of the behaviour displayed by new pupils and their parents is disgraceful. Osso10

3:23pm Tue 31 Dec 13

yorkiemum says...

Have you taken your "list" of complaints to the Headteacher or as most parents do just chunter in the playground and wind everyone else up. If you have a serious problem with this good school then I suggest rather than slating it on here sort it out with the head then if no joy from her, go to the governing body.
Have you taken your "list" of complaints to the Headteacher or as most parents do just chunter in the playground and wind everyone else up. If you have a serious problem with this good school then I suggest rather than slating it on here sort it out with the head then if no joy from her, go to the governing body. yorkiemum

3:49pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Osso10 says...

It's in hand Yorkiemum. It's just a shame that the article doesn't take the point of view of parents or pupils into consideration. Surely the service users should have an input into whether the changes have been successful.
It's in hand Yorkiemum. It's just a shame that the article doesn't take the point of view of parents or pupils into consideration. Surely the service users should have an input into whether the changes have been successful. Osso10

8:28pm Tue 31 Dec 13

yorkandproud says...

Osso10 wrote:
I am not prepared to list my complaints publicly however I would say that there have been many negative effects of the merger and few positive. Some of the behaviour displayed by new pupils and their parents is disgraceful.
Basically, you don't want those horrible Tang Hall kids in Osbaldwick do you. You will not be listing your complaint, because you don't have any. Sadly, you are a snob. To be fair, Osbaldwick school was hardly a prep school for Eton before the merger.
[quote][p][bold]Osso10[/bold] wrote: I am not prepared to list my complaints publicly however I would say that there have been many negative effects of the merger and few positive. Some of the behaviour displayed by new pupils and their parents is disgraceful.[/p][/quote]Basically, you don't want those horrible Tang Hall kids in Osbaldwick do you. You will not be listing your complaint, because you don't have any. Sadly, you are a snob. To be fair, Osbaldwick school was hardly a prep school for Eton before the merger. yorkandproud

9:54pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Osso10 says...

To be fair, you don't know me, who I am, or where I live. The school became oversubscribed because historically there were not enough children in Osbaldwick to fill the school. Therefore the school has taken children from Tang Hall for a very long time. I am merely pointing out that the press is only presenting one side of the story regarding this so-called 'big success'.
To be fair, you don't know me, who I am, or where I live. The school became oversubscribed because historically there were not enough children in Osbaldwick to fill the school. Therefore the school has taken children from Tang Hall for a very long time. I am merely pointing out that the press is only presenting one side of the story regarding this so-called 'big success'. Osso10

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