Skerton pupil’s plea to the PM

Skerton High School pupil Jack Speight and his letters.
Skerton High School pupil Jack Speight and his letters.
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Skerton High School pupil Jack Speight went straight to the top in his bid to save his school from closure.

The 13-year-old wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron to explain how Lancashire County Council is consulting on whether to close the school.

Officers say falling roll numbers and low grades are to blame.

But parents have launched a campaign to fight the proposals.

Jack moved to Skerton after suffering bullying at another local school, which led to a poor attendance record.

But he said he now loves going to school and his grades are improving.

He is so concerned at the thought of his school closing that he wrote to Mr Cameron for help.

“Nobody cares what happens to us and all the pupils are scared and upset at what is going on,” the teenager said.

Jack received letters back from the PM’s office and from LordJohn Nash, parliamentary under-secretary of state for schools, which encouraged him to get involved in the school’s consultation process.

Jack’s mum Kath said she will home school her son if Skerton is closed next summer.

“At Skerton, every child is treated as an individual and listened to and helped to achieve the best they can,” she said.

“Every child that I have met has been helpful and polite but most importantly they are all happy to be at school.”