Councillors’ bid to fight school closure plans

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Councillors in Skerton are collecting signatures on a petition in a bid to fight plans to close Skerton High School.

Lancashire County Council officially agreed on Monday to go out to consultation on the school’s future.

Couns Janet Hall and Karen Leytham have launched an online petition explaining why they think the school matters to their community.

This can be found at www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/lancashire-county-council-keep-skerton-community-high-school-open.

In the coming weeks they will be taking the petition door-to-door to garner as much support as possible.

The petition already had almost 300 signatures as the Guardian went to press.

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, who signed off the decision to hold the consultation, said: “We’ve been talking to the governors of Skerton High about the school’s future for a while.

“The discussions centred on three aspects of school life: pupils’ academic results, Ofsted inspections, and – crucially – falling pupil numbers.

“The school’s intake capacity is 90, but this year just 18 families put Skerton as their first choice. Academic results have remained stubbornly low and a recent Ofsted inspection rated the school as having serious weaknesses, so now we do have to look at the future of the school.

“The consultation is open to everyone and I really hope that people will take the opportunity to tell us what they think and come up with ideas.”

The consultation will start on September 9 with a decision expected by April. A consultation event will be held at the school on October 9.