Last night all of the children who attend the local comprehensives in our town (Louth, Lincolnshire) recieved a letter to inform parents of a proposed merger and Academy status of four of our local comprehensives and a local college. Three of the establishments are in the town itself, one of them is a small village school nearby, and another is on the coast in Mablethorpe.
Our choice of secondary school within Lincolnshire is narrowed already because we retain the grammar school system here. This new initiative would remove any choice at all from any children who did not pass the 11+. All of the schools have a vastly differing "feel" and ethos. I have recently chosen one of the Louth schools for my daughter who has SEN. It is a small and friendly school, well known in the community for it's caring and supportive environment. It will be a tragedy for our town and community (and my daughter) if these schools are swallowed up together.
Can anyone here please help? I have a already formed an opposition group with numbers growing all the time. Please share with us any tips/ideas/successes that will help a bunch of novices start a fight that we cannot afford to lose for the sake of our children.