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Sit-in staged over school merger plan

A DOZEN families have taken part in a sit-in at Kingfisher Primary in protest against plans to merge the school with nearby Bosworth Wood Primary.

A DOZEN families have taken part in a sit-in at Kingfisher Primary in protest against plans to merge the school with nearby Bosworth Wood Primary.

The event was organised by the Kingfisher Primary Parents’ Support Group - the organisation leading the fight against the proposals. On Saturday, parents and pupils gathered in the school hall and stayed for five hours.

If the council goes ahead with its plan, pupils from both schools will share a new premises which is currently being built on the existing Kingfisher site. The local authority came up with the idea because it was concerned by a fall in numbers at both the schools.

Now the scheme’s opponents have received a letter from Jim Knight, the minister of state for schools and learning. It reassures parents Solihull Council will have to take the views of local people into account.

In his letter, Mr Knight said that he would be “seeking further advice from officials on the particular issues of a local authority building a new school on an existing school site”.

A consultation process is now underway and Karen Adams, spokeswoman for the parents’ group, has called on people to air their views. Ed Williams, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Meriden, this week said that the final decision must put the pupils first.

The consultation process - asking for community feedback - will continue into January.

 

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