Parents reach boiling point

ANGRY parents told education officials exactly what they thought of proposals to close the Lafford High School in Billinghay at a heated meeting on Thursday.

The school hall was packed and emotions were running high, with parents, residents and even pupils expressing their anger at plans for the closure of their village secondary

school.

The meeting was attended by Director of Children's Services Peter Duxbury, Dick Pike, head of school administration and support, Andy Breckon, head of schools improvement service, and principal Paul Watson.

Mr Duxbury explained that no final decision had been made and said that the 28-day public consultation was due to start soon.

But parents made it clear they thought it was already a done deal. They heard that the decision will be made by Lincolnshire County Council's executive this July and, if the proposal to close the school is passed, there will be no further intake from this September.

The council is proposing to fully close the school in 2010 and offering free transport to Gartree at Tattershall, Coteland's at Ruskington and St George's College in Sleaford.

The meeting heard the proposal to close Lafford High had been made because of falling pupil numbers, with just 19 choosing Lafford as their first choice this September.

Mr Duxbury said: "While the local authority has a commitment to local provision and is committed to supporting

local communities, it is at the same time committed to providing the same quality of education throughout the county."

Chairman of governors Derek Daniels encouraged parents to take part in the public consultation and urged them to write to MP Douglas Hogg