THE new acting chairman of governors at King Edward and Queen Mary School has re-emphasised how vital the merger with Arnold School, Blackpool under the United Church Schools Trust, is to the future of the Lytham school.
David Webb, a former chairman of the governors, has stepped up from the role of vice-chairman to take the reins again following the resignation of former chair Rev Canon Godfrey Hirst.
Canon Hirst stood down saying he was not the right person to lead the governors towards the highly-controversial merger, set to take effect next September.
And in a letter to parents, the governors expressed their concern over animosity shown towards Canon Hirst.
It read: “We have been deeply disturbed by the degree of personal animosity levelled by a small but very vocal minority at governors and at Godfrey Hirst in particular.”
Mr Webb said, with hindsight, he felt the governors could have handled the announcement of the merger far better but he was adamant it was the right decision.
“I am an Old Lidunian myself and my wife and three daughters all went to Queen Mary School so the school is close to our hearts,” said Mr Webb.
“The governors felt, and still, feel that to reject this opportunity (to merge) would have been a serious dereliction of our duties as trustees.
“There can be no doubt that our decisions have caused a great deal of upset in the local community – something all the Governors deeply regret.
“It is true we have not been able to consult as widely as most parents would have wished.
“However, I strongly refute the suggestion that the Governors were naive or lacking in commercial acumen.
“We are desperately keen to ensure the Lytham campus survives and that we carry out our duties as Trustees to the best of our abilities.
“We are now moving ahead with confidence that the merged school will provide an outstanding education for generations to come.”