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Port Royal PTA shocked by potential closure news

Port Royal Primary School (File photograph)

The PTA president at Port Royal Primary School has expressed shock and disappointment at the news it may be closed.

Port Royal Primary is one of nine primary schools facing closure as part of government proposals to overhaul the public education system.

Juanae Crockwell told The Royal Gazette: “The Port Royal Primary PTA is of course very disappointed, saddened and a bit shocked to hear of the potential closure of our school.

“As far as alternative solutions are concerned, we do believe there are other options, there are always options. However, we do not know the full rationale behind this particular recommendation and without it we cannot make much comment.

“At this time, especially given everything our principals, teachers, staff parents and students are navigating, this is not something we have had as a priority.

“For most of 2020 we have been focused on supporting our teachers and parents in the remote learning process.”

Ms Crockwell pointed out that Port Royal Primary was not identified in any of the government’s 2016 Score report scenarios which identified several schools for closure.

As part of the government’s plans, the 18 primary school set up at present would be replaced by ten schools – one in each parish except Pembroke, which would have two and with a new school built to serve Devonshire.

The Government consultation paper recommended Dalton E Tucker to to be the Southampton primary school because it had more room for expansion and was the site of the Southampton pre-school. Port Royal was rated bottom of the three schools in the ratings, which focused on the physical plants of the schools.

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Published December 24, 2020 at 8:12 am (Updated December 24, 2020 at 8:12 am)

Port Royal PTA shocked by potential closure news

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