Vil­lage of­fers home pupils ‘flexi-school’

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AVILLAGE school is giv­ing fam­i­lies the chance to bring home-schooled chil­dren into the class­room.

Pott Shrigley Church School, which was saved from clo­sure last year fol­low­ing a cam­paign by par­ents, is launch­ing the un­con­ven­tional ‘flex­ischool­ing’ model which will al­low chil­dren to be taught both at home and in the class­room.

It is hoped the scheme, which sug­gests par­ents home-school their chil­dren for up to two days a week with three days in the mixed-aged classes, will at­tract more pupils to the school.

Chil­dren would be regis- tered in the usual way and re­quired to fol­low the National Cur­ricu­lum while in the class­room. This would also re­sult in more per-pupil fund­ing for the school.

Mark Bertin­shaw, head­teacher, said: “We are con­fi­dent that this will pro­vide an at­trac­tive op­tion for those par­ents who wish to ac­cess this dual ap­proach to education. Pott Shrigley is the per­fect place for it. Our teach­ing is very per­son­alised and the school feels like some­one’s home when you walk in. The chil­dren will join our full-time pupils who are car­ing, cre­ative and wel­com­ing. ”

Pott Shrigley was merged with Bolling­ton St John’s in 2009 in an ef­fort to re­duce sur­plus places. But last year the gov­ern­ing body claimed Pott Shrigley’s out­door pro­vi­sion for Early Years chil­dren did not meet govern­ment stan­dards and pro­posed amal­ga­mat­ing all the chil­dren into Bolling­ton St John’s.

Now, thanks to com­mu­nity do­na­tions and fund­ing from Pott Shrigley Vil­lage Hall Trust, which owns the build­ing, the school is able to build a new out­door play area which will give the school the fa­cil­i­ties it needs to at­tract more stu­dents.

The school has now been ‘de-fed­er­ated’ from Bolling­ton St John’s with a new gov­ern­ing body in place. Mr Bertin­shaw, who is former head­teacher at Rainow Pri­mary School, said: “The com­mu­nity fought hard to keep the school open and now there’s good sup­port for it and we’re even look­ing for build new fa­cil­i­ties. Flexi-school­ing is some­thing unique we can of­fer. Home school­ing is not a de­ci­sion to be taken lightly but flexi-school­ing can be a great com­pro­mise. Chil­dren have ac­cess to spe­cial­ist teach­ers and re­sources they might not have at home and can join in parts of the timetable such as PE. One is­sue with home school­ing is the so­cial side but this gives chil­dren op­por­tu­ni­ties to work and so­cialise with their own peer group and join in with ac­tiv­i­ties such as school trips and plays.”

A flexi-school open day will take place on Wed­nes­day, June 14 from 11am to midday.

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