Amalgamation

We are delighted to be able to share with you the following news:

On 14th March 2017, the leader of Surrey County Council determined the statutory notice to close Downs Way School from 1st September 2018. The decision-making process is documented at :

https://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?Cld=182&Mld=5266&Ver=4

On the same day, the Governing Body of St Mary's C of E Junior School and the SDBE determined the associated statutory notice to:

The decision-making process is documented in the minutes of the Governing Body Meeting, available from the school office on request.

The consequence of the above is that the two aforementioned schools will effectively be amalgamated from 1 September 2018.

 

The Governors of both schools are very grateful to everyone who participated in the consultation - and helped us to reach this position - which we firmly believe is the best step for both schools.

Whilst this is an exciting step forwards we must acknowledge that for both schools the coming year will represent an "end of an era"  and we will be finding ways to mark this, and celebrate the contribution that Downs Way School has made in Oxted for so many years.

We remain mindful of the fact that, even from those of you that have expressed support, there are those who have concerns about the impact these changes will have - and are committed to keeping lines of communication open and active in the hope that some of these concerns can be allayed. So watch out for news on the website and opportunities to engage with what is happening next!

We want to work together to build the best possible future for our school - whilst strengthening our links across the community - and hope we can continue to rely on your support in the exciting times ahead.