Friday, 1 November 2013

David Morris MP presents Skerton High petition to Parliament, backs campaign to save it

Skerton High pupils and Robyn Holtham with David Morris MP in London yesterday. Photo courtesy Hands Off Skerton

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris has presented a petition to save Skerton High Schoool to Parliament, signed by 3500 people opposed to the closure plans outlined by Lancashire County Council.

"I am extremely proud to present this petition on behalf of nearly 3,500 members of staff, students and parents of Skerton community high school and the wider community of Skerton," he said in his presentation. "I am also proud to be wearing the school tie."

A group of students, led by parent, Robyn Holtham, were in the House of Commons Public Gallery to see the petition presented yesterday.

The petitioners started their campaign in September, when they were told that Skerton High School faced closure by the county council.

"Skerton community high school has fantastic pastoral care and all the students are immensely happy there," said Mr Morris. "I therefore urge the House to support the community of Skerton and the children and parents of Skerton community high school in their fight to keep the school open."

The County Council's consultation on the closure closed on 25th October. The Council's grounds for closure - vigorously challenged by campaigners – are based on low pupil numbers and an inadequate Ofsted inspection.

The petition states:

The Petition of pupils, parents and staff of Skerton Community High School and others in the Skerton community, declares that the Petitioners believe that Skerton Community High School provides excellent pastoral care and caters for a high number of special needs students and thus the

Petitioners do not believe that it should be closed.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take steps to support the school in its bid to remain open."

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