Parents wait to present merger case

KEQMS parents at their meeting at Great Birchwood, Warton
KEQMS parents at their meeting at Great Birchwood, Warton

CAMPAIGNING parents are awaiting an invitation from the Charity Commission to present their anti-merger case as the battle to preserve King Edward and Queen Mary School’s independence rumbles on.

The defiant mums and dads took more legal advice and worked on their evidence this week in a desperate bid to stop the Lytham school and Blackpool’s Arnold uniting as one.

Parents celebrated when the Commission referred the matter to one of its specialist teams putting the United Church Schools Trust merger plan on hold until a decision was known – as reported exclusively in the Express last week.

They have written to KEQMS governors asking for all merger activity to cease while the matter is considered by the Commission.

More than 200 people attended a meeting for an update on the campaign on Thursday night which also raised funds for legal expenses. Several businesses supplied raffle prizes and there were a number of cheque donations.

Parents say there has been a lot of disruption, particularly in the senior school, because of UCST meetings and briefings.

Regarding the Commission’s referral, chairman of governors, David Webb said: “It is quite normal for the scheme to be referred to the final decision team when several comments have been made, and was fully expected by the Governors. We confidently await their decision in the not too far distant future.”