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Consultation on Kingfisher plan

Kingfisher School's parents group is calling on all Solihull residents to have their say on Solihull Council's controversial proposals to merge the primary with Bosworth Wood

Kingfisher School's parents group is calling on all Solihull residents to have their say on Solihull Council's controversial proposals to merge the primary with Bosworth Wood.

A consultation process is under-way and the newly-formed Kingfisher Primary Parents' Support Group wants people to air their views.

Karen Adams, a spokeswoman from the group, said: "Our priority at the moment is to encourage as many people as possible to have their say about this matter.

"Whether it is for or against us, we just want to hear their views.

"We hope that it is a fair consultation and that the authorities take on board what the people living in the local area have to say."

Solihull Council decided to house both schools in the same building after a fall in the number of pupils enlisting.

Recently, members of the support group travelled to London to speak with Schools Minister Jim Knight and demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament.

Ed Williams, Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Meriden is backing the parent's group.

"We should be seeking to build communities, not divide them," he said.

"There is no good reason why Smith's Wood cannot have two primary schools serving the community."

Speaking last month Councillor Bob Sleigh, the council's deputy leader, said: "We really want people to get involved in the consultation process and help us decide the school's name, the catchment area and other important details.

"We want everyone to get involved to ensure that the new school has the best possible chance of being a happy, successful community."

 

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