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Fears for future of local schools

SCHOOLS in north Solihull were gearing up for some major changes last night.

SCHOOLS in north Solihull were gearing up for some major changes last night.

Councillors were due to make a decision on whether pupils from Kingfisher Primary and Bosworth Wood Primary should be taught in the same building. But for the merger to go-ahead, Kingfisher would have to close.

Cabinet members will also be considering two separate plans to merge Bennetts Wells Primary with Hatchford Primary School and Alcott Hall Primary with Coleshill Heath Primary.

Education chiefs say action is necessary because of dwindling numbers of pupils.

A report published in the autumn said: “There are currently six schools with more than 25 per cent of the places empty.”

After the plans were unveiled, the local authority began a lengthy consultation process with parents and staff but many are angry and have campaigned to keep their schools open.

Karen Adams, of Kingfisher Primary parents’ support group, said: “People feel this decision was already a done deal. Everyone has worked so hard to make sure the new building is a success and we feel that is going to be taken away from us.”

And Kay Hurt, spokeswoman for the Alcott Hall PTA, recently voiced concerns that the council was “disregarding” the consultation.

l Does your child go to one of the schools that might have been affected by last night’s decision? E-mail us at solihull_news@mrn.co.uk or write in to the usual address.

 

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