West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined hundreds of pupils, parents, staff, councillors and local residents on Saturday to march in protest at the possible closure of Glenburn Sports College.
With a crowd of approximately 400 turning out to support their town centre school, the Skelmersdale community pulled together in a show of solidarity against the closure of Glenburn.
Consultation on the future of the school is currently under way and will run until 14 December. Already many parents have submitted their views to Lancashire County Council, signed petitions against the closure and booked appointments with County Council officers to make their voices heard at the consultation event on 20 November.
The march itself began at Skelmersdale Library, went through the Asda car park and past Findon and Firbeck to the Ecumenical Centre. The crowds then crossed the footbridge to the Concourse and followed its perimeter before crossing Southway towards Eskdale. Finally, the gathering continued over the footbridge into the Glenburn campus, terminating at the school’s sports hall.
Rosie Cooper MP was delighted with the march:
“Four hundred people marching through the heart of Skelmersdale is a resounding message for County Hall officials.
“Entire families, pupils, parents and members of the wider community made an unequivocal statement that they don’t want to see Glenburn Sports College closed.
“From the outset there has been strong opposition to the possibility of closure and how this situation has been badly handled.
“This march is just the latest demonstration of how important Glenburn Sports College is to the local community whether providing an education or providing community sports facilities otherwise unavailable to the town.
“Pupils, parents and the wider community will continue to make their voices heard and will continue to fight for the future of their school.
“I will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with pupils, parents and staff throughout this process, as I did on Saturday.”
Parent Angela Roberts said:
“I just want to thank every person who came out in support of their community on Saturday. It was important we had big numbers and I think we really proved how much of an issue this is and how much we are willing to fight to save Glenburn.
“We are grateful to the pupils and parents from different schools, local clergy, councillors and our MP Rosie Cooper who all came out in support.
“We will continue to gather signatures for the petition, encourage parents to submit their views to Lancashire County Council and support those who have booked appointments to speak with officers.”