Long - sorry!
My dc's school was merged with another local primary this summer and has just reopened "under new management", new name, headteacher, etc etc.
There's a lot for the dc to get used to as everything pretty much is done differently.
But for me there's probably even more!
The problem is this: I was on the PTA of the old school and was part of a hard-fought (and bitterly lost) campaign to keep the old school open. I won't go into too many details about how good the old school was as it'll only depress me, but it got Outstanding from Ofsted in every catagory and it really was lovely.
One of the things I am finding realy hard is that the old school had excellent home-school links and I always knew exactly what the dc were learning and what support I could give them at home. For example we were given a copy of the weekly timetable and also the year's schemes of work. There were also "open classrooms" once a month when we could go and look through the dc's books and at the displays etc.
So the new school has only just opened but so far I haven't seen any of that invitation to involvement. Parents so far haven't been invited into the new classrooms once, and we haven't even had a letter home from the new head.
Myabe it's because I was so involved in the old school but I feel personally really sad and also stressed because I feel "out of the loop".
So the question is, how long is it until new schools settle down? And how can I cope with my feelings of always comparing the new school to the old (unfavourably) and feeling so sad and stressed about it?
I have spoken to the new deputy head about setting up a new PTA and she said "Oh yes, I'll tell the head that you are interested".
I really want to support my dc in their schooling and the last thing I want is to be all negative and moaning. Every morning there is a group of mums standing outside the gates moaning and being negative. I can understand the need to vent but...at the end of the day we just need to make the best of it.
Primary school merger - how long until the dust settles?
Clockface · 15/09/2008 09:35
Long - sorry!
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