June 20, 2008

Parents and Pupils Campaign Against Closure

PARENTS and pupils with banners and petitions protested outside a city council meeting against plans to close Croxteth Community comprehensive school.

Members of the newly formed Parents Against Closure gathered at the back of the education and skills select committee to hear the reasons behind the move.

The mixed sex school has been earmarked for closure as part of a pounds 400m city-wide makeover of secondary schools.

The council intends to shut Croxteth CC in 2010 and invest in St John Bosco arts college, which will admit non-Catholic girls.

But Nicky Madden, spokeswoman for PAC, told the committee: "We're deeply concerned about the proposals. By segregating boys and girls how can cohesion ever take place or be enhanced. Devoid of choice, by sending children from Norris Green and Croxteth to alien environments, this will have a negative effect on confidence and leave the community feeling displaced."

Headteacher Richard Baker, described the school as a safe, happy environment for pupils, praised in a 2007 Ofsted report.

Cllr Keith Turner, executive member for education, said: "We will listen to people, we haven't got a closed mind. We will work towards the best solution for all."

De La Salle Catholic Humanities has also been listed for closure, with a new pounds 20m boys academy being built on site.

A final decision will be made in September.

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