Parents Fighting To Prevent Closure of Southfield Nursery

Consultation being held on shutting it at end of academic year

Some of the children currently attending Southfield Primary School Nursery
Some of the children currently attending Southfield Primary School Nursery

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Parents and carers of children at Southfield Primary School Nursery have been informed of a plan to close it at the end of the school year.

A consultation on the plan began this Wednesday (23 March) and runs until 20 April.

The justification for the proposal is falling numbers with just 16 children registering for the current year, significantly down on previous enrolments.

A group of parents opposed to the plan are hoping that awareness of the threat to the nursery will encourage people to register their children to join this September, forcing the governing body to consider keeping it open. Although it is accepted that many families left Chiswick during the pandemic, it is claimed that many living in the area are not aware of the nursery as it hasn’t been as widely marketed as other nurseries in the vicinity.

One of the parents said, “Southfield Primary School has gone from strength to strength in recent years with the appointment of a new headmaster and a passionate PTA. From the regular cake sales to the beautifully maintained wildlife garden, which was a real community effort, together with several new teachers and many exciting extra curriculum activities and events.

“The parents of those children currently attending can’t speak highly enough of the nursery and the teaching staff. “

Once comments to the consultation have all been received the school’s governing body will make the final decision on the nursery’s future.

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March 24, 2022

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