School closure plan consultation is over

NILA 02-10-12 BE 12 Ormiston enterprise academy, Cotmanhay.
NILA 02-10-12 BE 12 Ormiston enterprise academy, Cotmanhay.

The results of a consultation with parents about the proposed closure of Ormiston Enterprise Academy are now being looked at.

Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), which owns the Cotmanhay school and Ormiston Ilkeston Academy gave parents eight weeks to make their views known about the controversial plan to merge the two schools.

A spokesman said that the board which runs the Birmingham-based trust will now look at all the responses and make a recommendation to the Government’s Department for Education on whether to plough ahead with the merger.

Meanwhile the company behind the consultation, Navigant, has defended itself against claims made by Erewash Labour councillors that it was a ‘dormant company’, which had not filed accounts since 2010.

A spokesman for the firm said the allegations were ‘unfounded’: “Navigant Consulting (UK) ltd that the Labour Party in Erewash refer to was a niche company that dealt purely with the insurance industry. It has not traded since 2010.”

He confirmed Navigant Consulting (Europe) Ltd, which has a contract with Ormiston, has filed up-to-date accounts.