Merger battle over

Open day at KEQMS, Lytham St Annes, prior to the merger between Arnold and KEQMS schools.
Open day at KEQMS, Lytham St Annes, prior to the merger between Arnold and KEQMS schools.
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THE fight to maintain the independence of King Edward and Queen Mary School is over.

Parents who mounted a legal challenge to the school’s merger with Blackpool’s Arnold under the United Church Schools Trust have reluctantly admitted defeat.

The No To The Takeover group was left to ponder whether to take their legal bid further after their appeal against the Charity Commission’s decision to allow the merger proved unsuccessful.

And now, almost nine months after the merger was announced, Group leader Ray Aliss and his NTTT colleagues have unanimously conceded that their battle is over and that KEQMS will enter a new era next September as part of the newly-renamed Arnold King Edward School, or AKS for short.

“The legal advice we received from our barrister, Hubert Picarda, is that there are extremely good grounds for appeal and that we should lodge the appeal immediately,” said Mr Aliss.

“In fact he feels so strongly about this case that he offered his service for free to take forward the appeal.

“But we have sadly decided that as a result of the ruling from the First Tier Tribunal the fight to keep KEQMS independent should now end.”

Full story in this week’s Express.