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MP demands Foremost review

NABU. Ripon MP Julian Smith officially opens the Broadband North Yorkshire Conference at Ripon Racecourse. 110219ARpic2.

NABU. Ripon MP Julian Smith officially opens the Broadband North Yorkshire Conference at Ripon Racecourse. 110219ARpic2.

MP Julian Smith is calling on a full review into the the ‘mistakes’ made at a troubled Nidderdale School.

Mr Smith, MP for Ripon and Skipton has written to the chief executive of North Yorkshire County Council, Richard Flinton asking for a full investigation into mistakes made at Foremost School.

The £12m school, for boys with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, has been plagued with problems since it opened in 2011. It was placed in special measures last year and has lost at least five governors and two headteachers in just two years.

In his letter Mr Smith writes: “I believe there is a strong public interest case for the council undertaking a full review into the establishment of Foremost School. As you have accepted, there were a number of mistakes around cost estimation, project management and staffing, amongst others.

“I believe that these issues should be fully investigated in order that lessons may be learnt for the future, for the benefit of North Yorkshire County Council itself and other organisations”

In December 2013 the Advertiser revealed the council’s plans to withdraw from the school, allowing a private company taking over the running of the education provision at Foremost from October 2014.

The council is currently consulting the public on these proposals. The consultation closes on March 7, with a final decision due in June.

 

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