West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is concerned that parents were left in tears and distressed having attended the Glenburn Sports College consultation event on the future of the school.
On Thursday 20 November between 3pm and 8pm people could make an appointment to meet with Lancashire County Council officers to discuss their concerns over the proposed possible closure of Glenburn Sports College.
Following the event, MP Rosie received complaints from parents about the handling of the event, with some parents left in tears. Other complaints being parents were not being given the opportunity to raise all their concerns in the allocated time in 15 minute appointment slots. Many parents were left distressed, unable to get any information or answers if their child does have to move school. Overall there was a lack of consistent information.
MP Rosie said:
“It is very worrying to receive reports of parents leaving this consultation event in tears and very distressed.
“This is a very difficult time for pupils, parents and staff at the school requiring the whole situation to be handled with sensitivity and understanding.
“From the outset residents feared the future of Glenburn Sports College was a done deal. Whilst Lancashire County Council have offered assurances, they need to demonstrate this in their actions and by how they manage the consultation process.
“There are also complaints about the availability of consultation booklets with just two copies being made available in the library. Not all primary schools have received copies either. Not all residents have access to the internet or feel comfortable about completing the form online. It is important everyone who wants to have their say can do so.
“If pupils, parents and staff are to feel that this is an open and fair consultation process then these issues need to be addressed by Lancashire County Council and quickly before the consultation deadline.”