Governors hit out at parents over merger

Parents and pupils gathered outside King Edward and Queen Mary School in Lytham this evening to protest against plans to merge the school with Arnold.
Parents and pupils gathered outside King Edward and Queen Mary School in Lytham this evening to protest against plans to merge the school with Arnold.
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SCHOOL governors have launched a scathing attack on parents after their chairman resigned over a controversial merger.

Rev Canon Godfrey Hirst, chairman of Governors at King Edward VII and Queen Mary School, stood down saying he was not the right person to lead the governors forward in a merger with Blackpool’s Arnold School.

In a letter sent out to the parents of KEQMS pupils, the governors expressed their concern over animosity shown towards Rev Hirst.

It read: “We appreciate that, like the governors, you have the best interests of our children’s education at heart.

“We have also, however, been deeply disturbed by the degree of personal animosity and guile levelled by a small but very vocal minority at governors and at Godfrey Hirst in particular.”

The governors have stood by the United Church Schools Trust (UCST) proposal to merge the two schools, while many parents are opposed to the merger.

The letter added: “While we regret the emotional turmoil our decision has caused, we are in no doubt the merger not only provides the best future for students and staff at KEQMS, but that it will, through the merged school, create an outstanding school for our children.”

In standing down, Rev Hirst said there should have been more consultation with parents.

He said: “While the concern is indeed understandable I have been shocked and saddened by the personal nature of the attacks on me and other members of the board whose motivation has only ever been to find the right solution for the school we all care about so deeply.”