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Solihull schools fight for survival

WORRIED parents are hoping to find out their children's destiny next week as the future of two primary schools in north Solihull remains under threat.

WORRIED parents are hoping to find out their children's destiny next week as the future of two primary schools in north Solihull remains under threat.

Uncertainty surrounds Kingfisher and Bosworth Wood as both school are struggling to fill up their pupil placements.

There are also concerns about standards of attainment and achievement, and a recent document suggests that maintaining only one of the schools would save up to £200,000 a year.

Solihull Council could close one of the schools or even more alarmingly shut down both.

But Karen Adams, secretary of Kingfisher's Parent Group, has urged the council not to make any decisions until they have a better prospective of what may happen.

"Three and four-bedroom homes are going to be built in the nearby Lanchester Way which is sure to accommodate families," she said.

"What will the council do if they have made a mistake and there are not enough places for children to be schooled?"

Fuming parents gathered outside the council house on Monday to help convince councillors to save their school and will continue to protest at Thursday's scrutiny board meeting.

"We just want the best for our children," said Karen.

"They are scared and worried at the moment so we just want it all sorted.

"We've got a good community here and hopefully a bright future."

A new £7m learning centre is due to open at the Kingfisher site in January however if the school on North Arran Way closes down, Bosworth Wood is likely to occupy the vacant premises.

Leader of the council, Ken Meeson, has said that they will begin a consultation process, and stressed the importance of people expressing their views.

 

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