School Governor Calls For Statement Supporting Mundesley House

Mundesley House

Mundesley House

A Five Islands School governor has called for the governing board to make a “sound statement” that the school is dedicated to supporting Mundesley House.

The call from an unnamed governor was revealed in the January minutes of the governing body. But chair of governors, Ben Julian, said no resolution was passed at their meeting and there was no further discussion about a statement being issued.

It follows a decision by the Council’s Children and Young People Committee to commission a report into all aspects of the operation of the boarding house for off-island students, which is funded by the Local Authority through a special educational grant.

The cost of running Mundesley this year, for the 19 boarders who used it, was £92,000 and the number of children eligible to board is expected to rise in the coming years.

Ben says the governors haven’t yet formed a strategy around Mundesley. He said they will be involved in the review and most governors feel they would rather wait for the outcome of that.

Joel Williams, who is leading the review, said he’s looking forward to the first meeting of the Mundesley Steering Group, which will be responsible for overseeing the consultation exercise.

That’s likely to take place soon after the forthcoming local elections and the school have nominated two members to join the forum.

Joel said there’s likely to be sessions on each island with an opportunity for people who can’t attend to also contribute their views through questionnaires or email.

2 Responses to School Governor Calls For Statement Supporting Mundesley House

  1. Margaret Davis April 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Bit of confusion here.! Is this the same review which was reported by Scilly Today in January and was to be conducted by an outside party ?

  2. Ponder Stibbens April 13, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I expect the governor in question was an off islander.
    An FOI request might be appropriate.

    It would make more sense for this review to be conducted by an outside party, as they would have no preconceived ideas or loyalty’s and would not have to suffer the fallout from any recommendations made.

    We all know that we are paying for Mundersley and the off island school bases twice as the council already spend £45,000 on school boat fees, shipping the children and teachers between islands. Our council has over spent by £1.5million, savings have to come from somewhere.

    I do hope Mr Williams provides off island parents the opportunity to provide input in confidence, because he might be surprised at the number of off island parents who would actually like their children to come home at the end of each day.