School merger given go-ahead

Protestors at KEQMS torchlit vigil.

Protestors at KEQMS torchlit vigil.

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PARENTS have been told the planned merger between King Edward and Queen Mary and Arnold School will go ahead after being given legal approval by The Charity Commission.

The scheme to join the two independent schools met with a storm of protest from parents who have tried to stop the plans in their tracks.

Parents from KEQMS in Lytham, run by the Lytham Schools Foundation, objected to the school being taken over by Arnold’s United Schools Church Trust.

The Charity Commission became involved because that process would see the two charities coming together.

But today, the Commission has agreed the legality of the scheme, subject to some modifications.

For the full story, see Saturday’s Gazette.