LEIGH'S MP has expressed disappointment at claims that his political flyer contained "categorically untrue" information.

On Monday, March 20, Golborne High sent out a message to parents and on social media channels to address claims distributed on a Conservative Party flyer.

The school statement read: "You may have received a flyer from Conservative Party candidate James Grundy MP, which states that we are academising with Winstanley College.

"This is categorically untrue. James Grundy has not been in communication with this school in the last 12 months. Please ignore this factually incorrect information."

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'Unnecessary confusion and concern'

Leigh Journal: Golborne High, on Lowton RoadGolborne High, on Lowton Road (Image: Golborne High)

Golborne High headteacher Alison Gormally said that the school issued the announcement to address the "unnecessary confusion and concern" it caused in the community.

Despite consultations with Winstanley College about becoming a multi-academy trust in January 2022, the decision was made not to form an academy relationship with the Orrell-based college.

Mrs Gormally said that parents and relevant stakeholders were informed of this decision at the time.

MP disappointed with social media post

Leigh Journal: Action was taken to address the claim of Golborne's academy status in James Grundy's flyerAction was taken to address the claim of Golborne's academy status in James Grundy's flyer (Image: Contributed)

The MP said that he was disappointed with the school's social media post as he was involved in consultations, but was not made aware of the decision not to go ahead with the academy relationship.

He also expressed disappointment with the post after working to seek funding from the Government's School Rebuilding Programme to help expand and refurbish the school, which was confirmed in December.

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Statement from James Grundy MP

Leigh Journal: Leigh MP James GrundyLeigh MP James Grundy (Image: James Grundy MP)

In a statement, James Grundy MP said: "In early 2022, I was approached by the headteacher of Golborne High who asked me to back plans for the school to seek funding from the Government school rebuilding programme and also to support academy status for the school.

"The school was successful in securing funds from the Government, however, I am concerned that there appears to be a discrepancy between the totality of the plans I was asked to support and the plans that have been delivered.

"At no time did the school contact me to inform me that their plans had changed to not include academy status.

"I was also disappointed that the school took to social media to put out a post that implied my earlier statements were somehow fabricated.

"I am also disappointed that the school made the factually incorrect claim that we have not been in touch with them for over twelve months.

"My office records show that we last contacted the school in mid-September, although not on this matter.

"I look forward to continuing to work with Golborne High in my role as MP for the Leigh constituency."

Statement from Golborne High

Leigh Journal: Headteacher Alison Gormally and Golborne High prefectsHeadteacher Alison Gormally and Golborne High prefects (Image: Golborne High)

In a statement, Golborne High headteacher Alison Gormally said: 

"The school has not been approached by Mr. Grundy's office to discuss the contents of the information that was sent to residents in the local area. The school was made aware of the contents of the leaflet through Governors and parents.

"This caused great concern as some of the information in the leaflet, related to Golborne High School being an academy was incorrect.

"Last year Golborne High School and Winstanley College explored the idea and in doing so, consulted with partners and stakeholders such as Mr Grundy. This is part of the academisation process.

"A decision was taken not to academize by both organisations after much deliberation and the correct channels were followed to inform all stakeholders of that decision.

Leigh Journal: Golborne High and Winstanley College decided not to enter an academy relationshipGolborne High and Winstanley College decided not to enter an academy relationship (Image: Google Maps)

"There is no requirement to contact Mr. Grundy's office to inform him of this decision as it was published on both websites and the correct authorities were informed.

"We continue to be a very strong partner with Winstanley College who are an exceptional post 16 provider for our pupils.

"Unfortunately Mr. Grundy's publication has caused confusion in the local community and the school had to take action immediately to ensure that parents and children felt confident in the information that we have provided.

"The school contacted all parents through our online systems and via social media in order to ensure that the correct information was received by all parents in the quickest possible time.

"It is disappointing that Mr Grundy's Office did not discuss the content of the leaflet with the School before issuing it.

"It is also very surprising that Mr Grundy's office was not aware of the decision that was taken not to Academise, given that this decision was shared publicly on both Golborne High School and Winstanley College's Websites.

"The unnecessary confusion and concern caused by the publication from Mr Grundy's office has now been rectified due to the school's rapid response.

"We hope to work with Mr Grundy and his Team in a positive manner moving forwards."