Parents to meet to plan closure fight

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Parents angry at proposals which could see a Lancaster high school shut down could band together to fight the closure.

The Guardian revealed last week that Lancashire County Council is expected to begin a consultation later this summer into the possible closure of Skerton High School.

The school, which has fewer than 200 pupils, is believed to no longer be viable.

A recommendation to begin consultation on closure goes before Lancashire County Council cabinet member for children and young people, Matthew Tomlinson, on Monday, August 5.

He is expected to approve the decision that consultation begins into the proposed closure of the school in August 2014.

Parent Robyn Holtham, who is on a parents’ forum at the school, said: “I am gutted and quite concerned about this because if the school shuts there isn’t another school around here that I want my son to go to.”

Mrs Holtham said parents were planning to meet to discuss whether to fight the plans.

“At the end of the day the council is playing with people’s lives here,” she added.

Skerton county councillor Niki Penney this week said a combination of low pupil numbers and poor results was behind the idea.

“Some of the children carry a lot of problems on their shoulders,” she said.

“It’s a small school and the children get individual attention and they have got a good record of helping those children who weren’t getting help elsewhere.

“Hopefully we can think of some way to fight this.”