MP backs school merger campaign

Protesters at KEQMS.
Protesters at KEQMS.
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THE FIGHT to prevent a merger of two public schools has been supported by an MP.

Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde, has pledged to stand by the parents of King Edward VII and Queen Mary School in Lytham as they battle to avoid merging with Arnold School in Blackpool.

He said: “The parents are passionate about doing the right thing for KEQMS.

“I have told the parents to get in touch if they need help with anything in particular.

“I have made the minister for schools and the minister for education aware there’s some concern from the parents’ point of view, and one thing I’m investigating is the idea of Free Schools.”

Free Schools is a Government-led idea to give the community, teachers and charities the opportunity to run the school themselves.

At a meeting of hundreds of KEQMS parents on Thursday night, a majority voted to go forward with a number of ideas, including pressing the Lytham school’s board of governors to release funds from their assets to welcome boarders into the school.

Fiona Mullaney, 41, from Cartmell Road, St Annes, said the plans for independence should be supported for the benefit of the children.

She said: “I am a single parent and since my daughter started at KEQMS she has thrived and has loved it there.

“As a former charity worker it grieves me to see the governors handing over the school.

“I have been in fights and have been in arguments that have been upsetting, but I know one thing that’s upsetting and that’s to know you have done nothing.”

Mark Broughton, 38, from St Annes, has had three generations of his family attend KEQMS.

He said: “I think we let the teachers know we are supporting them.

“I fully support what has been said because I feel UCST are not working properly.

Luke Smith, 48, from Clifton Drive, Lytham, said: “We have got a free chance to do this and I think the pressure on the Governors will be unbearable.”