In response to Lancashire County Council’s announcement of a proposed consultation to consider the possible closure of Glenburn Sports College in Skelmersdale, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“This announcement on Friday came as a real shock to me, so I can only imagine how the parents, pupils and staff of the Glenburn School community felt to receive this news.
“From the emails I have received already there is a real concern and a definite anger at the possibility of the school closure even being considered.
“Any suggestion the school is being closed for a railway station that may happen in the future is unacceptable to me and not a position I would support.
“Whilst the town needs a railway station it absolutely should not be at the expense of Glenburn Sports College’s future. This is not a question of either or – we want both.
“My overriding priority is to fight for the best interests of the Glenburn pupils. It is their education and their futures that are at stake here.
“I’ve already had conversations with the school and Lancashire County Council, during which I raised concerns about the costs for families, whether it is the cost of new school uniforms or of the £25 per child per week cost of bus fares. There is also the question of teachers’ jobs.
“In the coming week I will be having further discussions and meetings.
“If the County Council, as the Local Education Authority, does decide to go ahead with this consultation then it has to be a genuine consultation process. If the closure of Glenburn is a fait accompli then Lancashire County Council need to be honest with parents, pupils and staff.
“Ultimately any final decisions will be down to Lancashire County Council but my responsibility is to ensure that parents, pupils and staff get to have their say as they are the ones who have to live with the consequences of these decisions.”