Community joins in as Skerton High marks closure

Susan Gardner and Nathan Wood admire the school's foundation stone.
Susan Gardner and Nathan Wood admire the school's foundation stone.

Pupils past and present joined in a celebration as Skerton High school marked the end of an era.

The school closes at the end of next week after a decision by county councillors based on low grades and falling roll numbers.

A campaign by parents and the local community failed to keep the school open – although Year 11 students will remain on the site next year.

A special festival was held at the school on Friday, giving staff opportunity to say thank you to past and present students, parents and members of the community.

The doors were opened for people to have a look around the school for the final time before it officially ceases to exist on August 31.

Fun activities on the day included a sumo knockout contest, a bungee run challenge, beat the goalie, cake decorating, mask making, name the teddies, a tombola and raffle.

Refreshments on site included a barbecue, homemade cake stall and an ice-cream van.

The school archives were also on display for people to look through, including a presentation trowel from the laying of the foundation stone at the school on September 21 1932 by Alderman J.R. Ruttall.

Log books and admission registers were also on show, alongside trophies, cuttings and photos from down the years.

From September, the school will remain open for 22 Year 11 pupils, under the guidance of Mr Day and other teachers, to continue their GCSE studies.

Extra 24-hour security will be put in place throughout the summer.

Mr Day said: “We are very confident that they will have a good year and we will do our best to help them get the best possible results.”

The students will kick off their year with a trip to Tower Wood, paid for by the school governors,

Mr Day added: “We are trying to make it as normal as possible for them.”

Concerns over the name of the school to appear on the pupils’ exam certificates have now been resolved, with Morecambe High agreeing to their name being used.

Mr Day said: “The other local schools have been brilliant in taking children over the last few months, particularly Our lady’s, Central and Morecambe High.

“It’s sad but it has gone as well as it could do.”