Statement by Reading council’s lead member for Education Councillor Tony Jones:
"The Council understands the concern and upset felt by parents of pupils at Chiltern Edge School since Oxfordshire County Council announced it was consulting on its possible closure.
Reading’s officers have attended a public meeting at the school and have responded to parents who have written to us confirming that Reading Borough Council will be responding to the consultation, opposing the proposed closure, informing them that the Leader, myself as Lead Member for Education and senior officers are meeting lead members and officers from Oxfordshire next week to put these views directly to them.
We are also in the process of organising a meeting for Reading-resident parents of current and prospective Chiltern Edge pupils.
A specific page on the Council’s website has been set up at www.reading.gov.uk/chilternedge giving advice to parents. The admissions team are also taking calls from parents on (0118) 937 3777 and emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, we encourage parents to respond to the consultation directly by visiting www.oxfordshire.gov.uk by 16 June 2017.
Finally, we have been assured that Oxfordshire will continue to support the school in addressing immediate areas of concern raised by inspectors following the recent Ofsted inspection which triggered the current situation."
Councillor Tony Jones