In theory, Tithe Barn's children should benefit from the new class size policy. But Mr Buckley and his governors have such serious reservations about it that they have decided to take no action yet, leaving the final decision until 2001 when, by law, no infant should be in a class of more than 30.
"We welcome the class size initiative," Mr Buckley says. "But everything points to restructuring the school so that children are taught in eight mixed-age classes instead of seven year groups as at present. Our parents are very much against that, and the staff are not in favour, particularly in the light of the new literacy and numeracy hours.
"I am also very concerned that to take on an extra teacher we might have to cut back on our teaching assistants. I'm not convinced that one teacher with 30 children will produce better results than one teacher and an assistant with 33-34 children. We are a very successful and popular school and we have decided to keep things as they are until we see how this policy works out. It would be crazy to turn the school upside down for doubtful benefits."