Hall packed in bid to save Wakeman School in Shrewsbury

Emotions ran high as hundreds of people packed into a public meeting in a last-minute attempt to save Shrewsbury’s closure-threatened Wakeman School.

Emotions ran high as hundreds of people packed into a public meeting in a last-minute attempt to save Shrewsbury’s closure-threatened Wakeman School.

There was standing room only as more than 300 people crammed into the school hall to put their views to Schools Adjudicator Canon Richard Lindley, who has been called in to decide on whether the school should close in 2013.

He had been brought in following a rare move by the Diocese of Lichfield to ask for a review of Shropshire Council’s decision to close the school, using its rights as one of the consultees.

Past and present pupils, parents, councillors and Shrewsbury’s MP Daniel Kawczynski all took to the stand last night to beg him to save Wakeman.

A decision is expected early next month.[24link]

Comments for: "Hall packed in bid to save Wakeman School in Shrewsbury"

mark carolan

It was good to see alot of people and i must thank the church for having social justice on it's agenda not crash and burn cuts and a nice article in the shropshire star today i think the paper has supported the argunments well.

Nature's End

The point the woman was making is the council hadn't made a loss of £16.6m as stated in their own report, they just gave everyone the false impression that they had. The £16.6m is a reduction in grant, a grant which is based on pupil numbers. The council have stated (but not very openly) that 'As pupils numbers have reduced, much of the reduction in grant has been matched by a reduction in expenditure of the direct costs of education - fewer teachers and classroom assistants are required for fewer pupils', this is a direct quote from their own proposal. Even the professional reporters at the Star got misled in on that one.

madge

It's a good point and I hope "the woman" sends her comments to Canon Lindley by Friday's deadline as he requested at the end of the meeting.

The Wakeman debacle is a case of lies, damn lies and statistics.....and not particularly good statistics at that......