THE fight to keep King Edward and Queen Mary School independent is still very much on and has stepped up a gear.
Hundreds of families are being asked to dig deep for cash donations of up to £500 each to aid campaigners in their legal battle.
After a concerted two-month campaign against the merger of KEQMS with Blackpool’s Arnold School under the United Church Schools Trust, the cause seemed lost when the Charity Commission backed the plan.
But behind the scenes, the No To The Takeover group of parents was busy formulating its appeal against the Charity Commission’s decision and has now submitted it to a First Tier Tribunal of HM Courts and Tribunal Service.
Campaign leaders reckon they will need £25,000 to pay for the legal fight - and are asking families concerned at the takeover to donate cash to boost the fighting fund.
The parents’ group, which has submitted the appeal as a united body although only two individual names appeal on the official documents, has some £4,000 in its coffers so is looking for around £21,000 - and on the first day of the cash appeal, almost £1,000 was pledged.
No To The Takeover group leader Ray Allis said: “I am appealing to all families who are in favour of the save KEQMS group to donate between £50 and £500 and if anyone can give more it would be really appreciated.
Full story in this week’s Express.