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Thursday, 9 August 2007

School Campaigners' Plea

The Buxton Advertiser continues to cover the campaign. This brief article by Louise Bellicoso appeared in today's issue.

VILLAGERS fighting to save an outstanding school from closure have sent a desperate plea to county councillors.

Parents and governors of Combs Infant School have sent a letter to each member of Derbyshire County Council's cabinet as the authority consider their proposal to close the school.

The document outlines the case put forward by the villagers for keeping the school open, as Derbyshire County Council try to cut the number of surplus places in the county's schools.

But parents have hit back at the reasons the council put forward for closure and said in the document: "Combs Infant School currently stands as a symbol of the triumph of Derbyshire County Council's defence of rural communities and a shining example of partnership — promoting cohesion and excellence.

"Please ensure its survival by speaking up for local success and voting against a proposal that saves next to nothing, sacks hardworking staff, and lifts mediocrity above the level of real achievement in Derbyshire."

A campaign organised by parents and governors has included meeting with High Peak MP Tom Levitt, taking part in Chapel Carnival and creating an online petition.

A decision is due to be made later in the year.
For details of the document sent to DCC, entitled "Our Plea", see this post.

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