Friday, 2 November 2012

Kirkburton Parish Council backs Keep Shelley Pyramid Campaign


Packed Parish meeting in Burton Village Hall
 Kirkburton Parish Council formally backed the Save Shelley Pyramid Campaign last night. Green Party Parish Councillor Peter Pankhurst proposing the motion said,


"We regard these proposals as an assault on the middle school system which has provided a high standard of education for thousands of local people for many years"

The motion was seconded by Kirkburton Green Party Parish Councillor Rae Thomas

It was a packed meeting with many members of the public present. James Crowther of the Save Shelley Pyramid Campaign spoke about the concerns many parents and the wider community had regarding Shelley Academy's intentions to establish a selective intake of year 7 and 8 pupils.

Councillor Andrew Cooper also spoke in favour of the motion and stressed the importance of getting the Governors at Shelley Academy to immediately withdraw the proposals

"The Principal and the Governors should recognise that their attempts to restructure the education system in a predatory top down fashion are directly opposed by the vast majority of local people. They have bitten off more than they can chew and should immediately withdraw these proposals."

Parish Council Motion on Shelley Academy proposals

Kirkburton Parish Council opposes proposals from Shelley Academy , in principle prior to the consultation being formally released, to increase its admissions by introducing a selective intake of Year 7 and 8 pupils and supports the Keep Shelley Pyramid campaign

We regard these proposals as an assault on the middle school system which has provided a high standard of education for thousands of local people for many years

We are concerned at the knock on effect of year 6 being forced onto the First School with additional costs for classrooms and facilities should the middle school system become unviable

We oppose the restructure of the policy which may not guarantee entry places to children from the Kirkburton, Almondbury, Grange Moor and Denby Dale areas.

We are very concerned at the potential impact on local roads and infrastructure if hundreds of additional pupils are admitted to the Shelley College site.

Kirkburton Parish Council resolves to:-

Respond to the Kirklees consultation on the Shelley Pyramid expressing our views to the Academy’s proposals

Write to the Principal and Governors of Shelley College detailing our views to both the proposals and the manner in which they have been tabled.

Request that Shelley Academy immediately withdraw the proposals.

Write to Simon Reevell as the local MP for the area calling on him to publicly back the Keep Shelley Pyramid Campaign



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  1. Thank you Andrew for all your help and Knowledge

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