'We told you so!'

PUBLISHED: 12:40 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 26 October 2009

Headteacher of Sunny Bank Keith Hooper taken by the Potters Bar Edition back in March, 2006, during a campaign to save the school

Headteacher of Sunny Bank Keith Hooper taken by the Potters Bar Edition back in March, 2006, during a campaign to save the school

IT S too late for Sunny Bank. That was the message from Keith Hooper, headteacher of the primary school which is still closing due to a surplus of pupils in the town - even though an influx of children from Borehamwood is set to be sent to Potters Bar s

IT'S too late for Sunny Bank."

That was the message from Keith Hooper, headteacher of the primary school which is still closing due to a surplus of pupils in the town - even though an influx of children from Borehamwood is set to be sent to Potters Bar schools.

Mr Hooper said: "We are hugely disappointed that the county council didn't listen to us.

"Closing Sunny Bank is a great shame, especially since more and more children are being sent to Cranborne.

"It's clear they haven't got their numbers right.

"I think it's going to be a big issue for the future, what with the Potters Bar population going up as well. I don't know where people moving into the area are going to send their children.

"It looks as if sooner or later a Potters Bar school will have to greatly extend or perhaps even a new one will have to be built, which is totally pointless when we already have one standing here."

As reported in last week's Potters Bar Edition, 35 children have been offered places at Cranborne and Oakmere primary schools, due to the overcrowding in Borehamwood.

Equally unhappy about the issue is Sunny Bank governor Jennifer Hodge.

She said: "We have all fought very hard to save the school and for very good reason - Potters Bar needs it.

"The council needs to explain its actions. It seems it is closing schools regardless of the damage that it will do to children's education.

"It's not acceptable to be sent to a school miles away from your home because the local authority closed your nearest school.

"They are selling off these sites to builders for huge sums of money and they build new homes which families will move into and then require more schools - not less!"

The Oakroyd Avenue woman added: "My son will be in a year group of almost 80 children at Cranborne when Sunny Bank closes, this means there will be three classes for his year.

"It's just too big.

"The council should be ashamed that they are treating their children like cattle. Cranborne will do its best for the children - but I fear the situation may prove too difficult in the long term.

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