John Mann is raising concerns regarding the unthought out consequences of the governments academisation programme and believes that village schools could be facing unacceptable risks.
The floods of 2007 hit John Mann's constituency hard forcing a number of village schools in North Leverton. North Wheatley and Walkeringham to close and undergo a major repairs programme before they could re-open. Village school in Langold and Ranby have both experienced major fires which saw the Local Authority stepping into the breach to get children back into education as quickly as possible.
The recent experiences in Bassetlaw have led to John Mann asking a series of questions:
John Mann commented " the Government are speeding down the path of academisation and I want to know who will be stepping into the breach when major disasters happen to our village schools?
There are other issues that also need consideration, for example, what happens if there is a major collapse in pupil numbers because of demographics or a crisis where pupils leave the school?
Action plans and responses need to be thought through now before it's too late. There is a huge risk that such unanticipated closures school will see it lost forever
I am urging schools to work to future proof themselves by joining together to protect village locations and to build into their Trust a requirement to remain within the village"