Parents still plan appeal

Headteacher at Arnold School, Jim Keefe, who was attacked with bleach
Headteacher at Arnold School, Jim Keefe, who was attacked with bleach
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AN open day to promote a new-look school is to go ahead although protesting parents are still finalising an appeal against a highly-controversial merger.

The coming together of Lytham’s King Edward and Queen Mary School and Blackpool’s Arnold under the United Church Schools Trust has been given the go-ahead by the Charity Commission and is set to come into effect next September.

An open day to promote AKS takes place on Saturday afternoon at the Clifton Drive South site of KEQMS – in which the merged school is set to be based.

But the No To The Takeover group of parents are still determined to go ahead with an appeal to the Charity Commission against the merger decision.

They have 42 days from the decision issue date on November 11 in which to lodge an appeal and a spokesman for the parents’ group confirmed to the Express:

“We have taken advice from our legal team, who are in the process of preparing a full briefing for our barrister.

“We are waiting for some information from the Charity Commission and UCST that has been requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

“Once we have received these documents, and they have been studied by our legal team, we will be giving them instructions to lodge the appeal on behalf of the parents group.”

Meanwhile, police appear no further forward in the hunt for the attacker of the head designate of AKS Jim Keefe, who had bleach thrown in his face close to Arnold School in Blackpool’s South Shore last week.

Parents of pupils at both schools have been interviewed by officers and a police spokesman said: “One of our lines of inquiry has been to look at the proposed merger. Our inquiries are continuing and should anyone have any information that will help identify the offender, I would urge them to contact us.”