Angry mums launch petition against schools merger
Last updated at 13:58, Friday, 07 February 2014
Two Workington mums have launched a petition against county council plans to close the town’s Southfield and Stainburn schools and replace them with a single academy.
Louise Hewer, 42, of Pearl Road, and Samantha Musgrave, 34, of Brierydale, who have children at Southfield Technology College, have vowed to fight the proposal.
So far 100 people have signed their petition, which they launched on Wednesday.
It calls on the county council to keep the status quo.
Mrs Hewer, whose daughter Rhianna, 12, is in year seven, said: “The children are happy with where they are. They don’t want the disruption.
“We are completely against the merger and everything that is going on.
“It feels like the county council can just do this and nobody can do anything about it.
“They have rushed this whole thing. It seems like it has happened so quickly.
“We are going to fight this until we can’t fight it anymore.”
Mrs Musgrave, whose daughter Sophie, 11, is in year seven, said: “This doesn’t just affect our kids but future kids who will be going to the school.
“My child can’t understand why the school is failing when the children are getting good grades.”
The mums said they also planned to hold protests.
They will hand the petition to the county council before the end of a consultation period on the proposals on March 3.
First published at 13:34, Friday, 07 February 2014
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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Exactly the same thing was done with newlands girls school and moorclose. It destroyed standards and my grades plummeted. Absolutely hated it when stainburn was created! Couldn't wait to get to technical college. It's going to be too big an an absolute car crash.
with academies comes cash...this was always on the cards...slippery move I think...
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