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Decision day for Kingfisher Primary School

A FINAL decision on the future of Kingfisher Primary School will be made by councillors tomorrow (Thursday).

A FINAL decision on the future of Kingfisher Primary School will be made by councillors tomorrow (Thursday).

Plans to bring pupils from both Kingfisher and Bosworth Wood School into the same building were first announced in September. But this merger would mean that Kingfisher School would have to close.

Over the past few months, the local authority has been in consultation with parents and staff and will decide whether to approve the plans at tomorrow’s cabinet meeting.

Combining the schools together would save over £200,000 a year according to education chiefs, but the proposals have angered some local people

Parents at Kingfisher, which is based in North Arran Way, have opposed the plans since the beginning. Campaigners have turned out in force at council meetings and staged a sit-in at the school

Only a few weeks ago, pupils moved into a £7m new building and there are fears that the scheme will affect their education. The action group which has battled the plans said yesterday it is looking at the legal action it could take should the proposal be greenlit.

Karen Adams, spokewoman for the Kingfisher Primary parents’ support group, said: “We’ve arranged for a couple of minibuses to take us to the meeting tomorrow but we feel this is a foregone conclusion.

“It’s a shame because the plans have cast a black shadow over what should have been a very happy time at the school. The pupils have moved into a new building and they’ve got some fantastic new facilities. Everyone, parents, teachers and children have worked really hard in recent times and it’s just such a shame this had to happen.”

The report which will go before councillors tomorrow highlights the importance of the six-week consultation period and states that no formal comments or objections were received during that time.



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