An ailing Walsall school could be axed in three years, despite a chorus of protests from parents, pupils, staff, and Governors.
Walsall Council’s cabinet is expected to approve plans to hold a further 16-day consultation into the future of Sneyd Community School, in Bloxwich, after protests from campaigners, vehemently against the closure.
But the school could still be axed in three years, with the site being transformed into a 14 to 19 University Technical College. At a cabinet meeting on July 15, councillors are expected to be told there are sufficient places at other borough schools to accommodate Sneyd’s pupils. Meetings have been held between Walsall Council, Walsall Children’s Services and the Office of the Schools Commissioner to explore the most viable option for the school.
Councillor Rachel Walker, Walsall Council cabinet member for children’s services, said; “The fresh consultation is being driven by the feedback from our original six week consultation – from pupils, parents and staff at the neighbouring schools potentially impacted by the changes. Sneyd school cannot continue in its current form. We are continuing to listen to people and aiming to fulfil the recommendation of the cross-party Children and Young People Scrutiny and Performance Panel that learning provision be retained on the site.”