Village primary school's progress from brink of shutting pleases MP

Rosie Cooper MP visiting Mossy Lea Primary School
Rosie Cooper MP visiting Mossy Lea Primary School

A school which was on the brink of closure after losing droves of pupils has been commended by an MP for making progress.

Rosie Cooper, who represents West Lancashire, met with pupils, parents, staff and governors at Mossy Lea Primary School in Wrightington to see what improvements had been made in the past seven months.

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The small primary school hit hard times earlier this year when a mass exodus of pupils threatened its future.

In May, a whistleblower told the Wigan Observer that conflicts between management and staff had resulted in a complete “lack of structure” causing families to look elsewhere for their children’s education.

In an unprecedented move, the National Association for Head Teachers sent out a nationwide email warning its members not to apply for a headship role at the school without consulting a union caseworker.

But things seem to be on the up for the troubled primary school after Mrs Cooper praised the efforts of teaching staff and parents in focusing on the school’s future.

“Mossy Lea is a beautiful ‘small school’ at the heart of the local village community, it was a pleasure to meet with all the children and talk to them about my role as an MP,” said Mrs Cooper.

“I had a detailed discussion with the entire governing body and head teacher, with the local education authority present, who confirmed to me that they can see real progress, stable leadership and a personalised and unique quality of education.

“With the experienced and committed governing body including the fantastic parent governors, and headteacher Mr Pearson, it was clear to me just how strong this school is despite being smaller than others.”

Iain Pearson took on the role of head teacher earlier this year and has been working to improve standards at the school.

Mr Pearson said: “Things are looking good, the children are happy and the education and attainment is of a high standard. It was nice to be recognised by the MP for all the hard work done here by the staff, governors and importantly the wonderful pupils who make this school what it is.”

Parent governors Ryan Elms and Les Burrows spoke highly of the impact recent additions such as Mr Pearson and chair of governors Andy Purcell have had.