Controversy over schools merger in Louth and Mablethorpe continues


THE DECISION to merge four local schools in Louth and Mablethorpe continues to be controversial as Louth and Mablethorpe Save Our Schools group are enraged by a county council decision.

Conclusions from the recent Lincolnshire County Council Children and Young People Scrutiny Meeting saw the council voting in favour of local schools county wide merging together.

No final vote has yet taken place towards the preferred route.

This decision is seen as encouragement that all schools should join a single trust through the Centre for British Teachers Education Trust.

Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “It’s clear that the government agenda is to see more schools convert to academies.

“This is why the scrutiny committee supported the option to encourage all schools to join a single trust through CfBT”.

The final county decision on the merger plans will be made on September 6 by the executive of the county council.

The conclusions made in the scrutiny meeting have caused controversy with the Save Our Schools group which now endeavours to launch a county wide campaign to call for public consultation to discuss the future of education in Lincolnshire.

Sarah Dodds, Chair of the Save Our Schools group, said: “We’re calling out to all parents, teachers and students who are concerned about the schools merger.

“We want them to lobby their county councillors to demand a full consultation on this crucial issue.”

Currently the county council has no plans to hold a public consultation.

The planned start date for the new organisation of Louth area schools is September 2012.

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