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Ripley Primary School Trustees Offer Help to Local Schools

Published on: 20 May, 2020
Updated on: 21 May, 2020

Trustees of the former Ripley CofE Primary School have offered to support nearby schools by providing valuable additional teaching spaces for up to 90 children during the continuing lockdown period.

Catherine Leeson, for the trustees, said: “As soon as the government’s guidance on educational provision was announced we felt it was important to offer a solution which would help local schools to comply with the social distancing guidelines.

“Our aim is to help with the safe return to school for local primary children in June and to reduce the impact of school closures on children and their families. There are several classrooms available which are suitable for primary-aged children, plus a large playing field and playground.”

The school was closed in the face of strong local opposition in July 2018 but since then has been well maintained and refurbished by the trustees and volunteers. The existing Ripley Pre-school continues to operate on the site and is providing early years education for some local children during the lockdown.

Ms Leeson added: “We have already been in touch with Surrey County Council who are considering our offer and we welcome expressions of interest from other providers. In the first instance, enquiries should be made to: admin@ripleyschooltrust.org.uk. ”

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