School merger new era

King Edward Vll and Queen Mary School, Lytham
King Edward Vll and Queen Mary School, Lytham
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THE shock merger of King Edward and Queen Mary School with Blackpool’s Arnold School signals an exciting new era for education in Lytham St Annes.

That’s the feeling of the chairman of the KEQMS governors, Rev Canon Godfrey Hirst as well as the Clifton Drive school’s current principal, Robert Karling, who will be leaving his post when the merger comes into effect next September.

Parents were shocked to be told of the merger plans this week, just days after the start of the new school year. From next September, all the pupils from Arnold School will move to the KEQMS site, more than doubling the current roll of some 560.

It looks likely to lead to an increase in fees at the private school which has been on the site for more than 100 years and there could be job losses among the teaching staff, although Mr Karling said he was hopeful that any reduction in staff numbers could be covered what he termed ‘natural wastage’.

But as the governors look to the future of a school which looks set to be newly titled Arnold KEQMS School (AKS), Canon Hirst said he was full of hope and enthusiasm.

Full story in this week’s Express.