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Talks to save Lancashire high school

Skerton Community High School

Skerton Community High School

A Lancashire school has announced it is in talks with a private trust, which has come forward in an attempt to save it from closure.

The county council last week announced it will publish a statutory notice of proposal to close Skerton Community High School in Lancaster next month, with a final decision on its future due in April.

But acting headteacher Lyndon Day later released a statement saying the school was in talks with a Swiss Trust.

In the statement, he said governors, leaders, staff and pupils were “disappointed” with the decision to publish the notice to shut the school, with effect from August 31 next year.

He said developments had moved so quickly that the authority’s decision was made without them being able to consider a potential new future from the school.

The statement said: “Governors, senior leadership and the DFE are in very early exploratory discussions with representatives of a private trust that has stepped forward and is willing to help Skerton Community High School develop a strategy to avoid closure and to secure the school for current pupils and future generations.

“It is unfortunate that the date for the result of County Coun Tomlinson’s decision has meant that pupils, staff and parents have had to hear disappointing news before this very welcome announcement.

“However, the school urges parents and pupils not to be too down-hearted and be reassured that the parties involved are all working at lightning speed to get everything in place to move forward.

“The school wishes to confirm, though that although they are heartened by this offer proceedings are at an early stage.

“The school stated that early discussions are promising and have also been welcomed by representatives of the Department for Education.”

It said the trust is a Swiss trust with links to the area, which wishes to remain anonymous at this stage.

Mr Day said: “The children know my current catch phrase ‘wait and see’ and this is very much how it has been lately, but this is very good news.”

Chair of Governors, 
Susan Willoughby said she was “cautiously optimistic” and thanked the pupils, parents and staff for their support.

 

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