My elder daughter attends our local secondary school, The Wakeman
in Shrewsbury. She is thriving there. The school is the only state secondary in the centre of our town and has served Shrewsbury well as a school for generations. It has a genuine caring and inclusive ethos and all children there are valued and supported in reaching their potential. It is an arts specialist school and the arts suffuse the curriculum, encouraging creativity and confidence in the pupils. It has a great Head and motivated, enthusiastic staff committed to the students. It is something of a haven for children with health problems, SEN, have suffered bullying at or been excluded from other schools, although it has many pupils who do not fall into these catagories. It has a fantastic building and facilities and has had over £4 million invested in it in recent years.
As part of its 'cuts' the Local Authority is proposing to close
the Wakeman. The school has been dogged by rumours about its future over the last 5 years, but particularly the last 2, both around town and in other schools locally. The LA hasn't challenged the rumours which have really impacted on intake figures which, in turn, has given the LA justification to put forward the proposal. It seems a dangerous precedent if schools in our area are allowed to be picked off in this way. Do you know of schools in other areas which are facing similar problems? Is there any advice or support you can give us in fighting this? We only have this half term to oppose the closure so time is very short.
If you need any additional information, please ask. The campaign to stop its closure can accessed here
. Thank you for your help.