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Closed 14/06/2020

raised of £2,500 target by 54 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,499 to Help save Clapham & Patching CofE Primary School. We are a group of parents seeking legal action to save our school.

    Funded on Sunday, 14th June 2020

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    West Sussex County Council (WSCC) are consulting on closure of Clapham & Patching CofE Primary School (C&P).

    They are doing so seemingly with their minds made up already. The entire process has been carried out by them with many inconsistencies and incorrect data in their reports. The reports have selective information some of which is based on previous years that are no longer relevant.

    We have met with WSCC on 3 occasion, 2 separate public consultation meetings and one petition hand over. At each meeting parents and villagers voiced concerns and posed serious questions. Each comment/question was simply met with the party line showing no genuine answers or information.

    Despite the documented "presumption against closure of rural schools", directly against the advice of the scrutiny committee which was to take closure off the table until academisation had been fully consulted on and the fact that our school have completed due diligence and academisation being a very real possibility had they been given the backing of WSCC, the cabinet decided to push forward on consulting on closure anyway.

    As parents, staff and villagers we have jumped through every hoop that WSCC have put in and yet the goal posts continue to move.

    The last cabinet meeting was left as that WSCC would consult on closure of C&P while we continued forward with the hope of academisation. However it now transpires that WSCC will not allow the academy to go ahead until they have made their decision on closure. However closure automatically means no academy (just one of the very big discrepancies we have found).

    We have been advised by a solicitor that we can begin to take legal action. However we lack the funds as it will cost us thousands and being a small school & village there aren't enough of us to raise the funds just between us in time, so we are now reaching out for help in a desperate attempt to bring WSCC to account and save our school.

    C&P is vital to children & community.



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      • Anonymous


        Apr 3, 2020

        From Olivia & Jasmine’s Nanny, this school has helped my granddaughters blossom and grow. It needs to stay open for them and their peers.


      • David & Jude

        David & Jude

        Apr 2, 2020

        Best of luck, from David Beales parents Chris and john


      • Anonymous


        Apr 2, 2020

        From our friend Katie B


      • Elizabeth Ticehurst

        Elizabeth Ticehurst

        Mar 11, 2020


      • Sam Cross

        Sam Cross

        Mar 10, 2020

        I know children personally at this school and they have bloomed whilst there. The community need this school.


      • Laura Collingwood

        Laura Collingwood

        Mar 10, 2020

        This school needs to stay open for our children, they need this school!


      • Sophie Spearman

        Sophie Spearman

        Mar 10, 2020

        You’re all doing so well. I’m full of admiration. Here’s a bit more towards the fund xx


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