VIDEO: Skerton pupils perform for the TV cameras in bid to save their school

Pupils from Skerton High School performed for TV cameras recently as part of their bid to save the school from closure.

Parents and pupils at the school are campaigning to save it from closure, which has been proposed by Lancashire County Council. Officers say falling role numbers and low grades are to blame.

Skerton High School.

Skerton High School.

Some of the pupils recently visited Downing Street and the House of Commons as part of their campaign, taking with them a petition signed by hundreds of people keen to see the school remain open.

Guardian photographer Garth Hamer videoed the school choir before their trip as they were being filmed by ITV for the local news.

The choir sang Disney film song When You Believe.

After the trip to London, MP David Morris met with education minister Lord Nash, who is to send an adviser from the Department of Education into the school.

The adviser will consider whether the school is providing a unique education, and if that proved to be the case, and they believe the school is failing OFSTED standards, they will report back to Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove, who has the power to turn the school into a sponsored academy, or a “free school”.

This would mean the school comes under the direct control of central government and a “sponsor” which is able to influence the processes at the school, including its curriculum, ethos and specialism.

Matthew Tomlinson, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for children, is due to make a decision on whether to close the school on December 5.