Nervous wait over fate of secondary school

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save the St Guthlac School from the axe now face a nervy wait to see if county councillors will support their cause.

A public consultation into plans to shut the Crowland secondary school as part of the deal to open a new academy in Holbeach has now closed and Lincolnshire County Council’s executive will meet to decide the school’s fate on July 5.

The Education4Crowland group, which was set up to fight the closure and keep secondary schooling in the town, says it is now playing the “waiting game” ahead of the final decision.

A statement on the group website said: “We still believe that the original consultation is flawed, and that their independent study regarding the future viability of St Guthlacs is one sided.”

The group revealed that during the council’s first consultation, which closed in March, 196 of 439 responders were against the academy plans, 165 in favour and 78 neither for or against.

In the meantime the campaign group is conducting a survey to see if people in Crowland would support setting up a free school if the town loses the St Guthlac. The form can be filled in at www.education4crowland.co.uk

In December we revealed that the governors of the Holbeach and Crowland schools, which are federated, were successful in securing approval for an £8.25million academy Holbeach to replace both schools.