The Morecambe & Lunesdale MP David Morris has today announced that he will campaign against the closure of Skerton High School.
After receiving a number of letters and e-mails from worried parents David Morris MP has written to Lancashire County Council to ascertain their position on the future of the school.
David Morris MP said:
“I was disappointed that the first I heard of the potential closure was from parents, it is usual protocol and common courtesy for the County Council to inform the MP. After I wrote to the County Council they have confirmed there is a statutory procedure, the first stage is a consultation that lasts no longer than twelve months and a minimum period of six weeks during term time is recommended.”
The County Council have confirmed to David Morris MP that a formal consultation period has not yet started, however, the County Council has consulted with Governors of Skerton High School. The County Council also added that it is for County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson (Lab, Leyland Central) to officially announce the consultation.
This is not the first time Lancashire County Council has attempted to close Skerton High School, a similar consultation was announced back in 2007 and another one in 2009 when the County Council was ran by a Labour administration. At that time, the County Council consulted on the closure of Hornby High School and Skerton High School. Hornby High School was later saved when David Morris MP and the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove MP intervened.