From Matthew Ingall, Headteacher of Bloxham Primary School
As you may know, Butterfly Meadow Children’s Centre run by the Local Authority and based at our school will close on 28th February 2017.
Whilst the people working in the Centre, Jennie Tyrrell, Julie Hill, Rosalind Carlton and the Manager Cheryl Huntbach are not employed by the school we have seen at first-hand the outstanding job they have all done supporting children and young families since the Centre opened in 2010. I would like to thank them for being such an amazing team and making a real difference to a number of parents and young children in our community. They have collectively and individually provided a lasting legacy.
There is some good news, albeit very limited. A bid written by Bloxham Parish Council, Butterfly Children’s Centre and the Governing Body of Bloxham Primary School, with support from Councillor Mallon and ably assisted by parents, to provide some services for young families from April 2017 initially for 3 years has been successful. We have also had additional support from both Adderbury and Milcombe Parish Councils in the recent weeks which has been very welcome. However the budget to provide this service will be approximately only 10% of the current allocation so the service will be very restricted and reduced from that currently on offer by Butterfly Meadows Children’s Centre.
The new provision will come under the leadership of the Governing Body and they will be working on the detail over the coming weeks and as soon as it is confirmed will be shared with the community.