Parent power delight

Protestors at KEQMS torchlit vigil.
Protestors at KEQMS torchlit vigil.

PARENT power has thrown the plan to merge King Edward and Queen Mary School with Blackpool’s Arnold back into the melting pot.

Campaigners against the merger under the United Church Schools Trust were today set to celebrate after their six-week battle gained the pause in proceedings for which they have been lobbying.

The Charity Commission have confirmed to the Express that they have referred the matter to one of their specialist teams and that the merger plan in its current form cannot go ahead until their decision is known.

As exclusively revealed in the Express last week, the key to the campaign success has laid in the long-standing legacy of KEQMS having its roots in the Lytham Schools Foundation Charity.

The plan for a future for KEQMS under the UCST would constitute a merger with another charity – and the Commission have been approached after the parents’ group of campaigners sought specialist legal advice.

The Charity Commission say they have received a substantial number of messages of objection to the merger and have decided to look into the matter considering the weight of public reaction.

Full story in this week’s Express.