West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper, in a Parliamentary debate called for a pause to the consultation on the future of Glenburn Sports College.

MP Rosie secured a Westminster Hall Debate on secondary education provision in Skelmersdale on Tuesday 9 December in the fight over the future of the town centre school.

Rosie used the debate to highlight all the concerns and issues raised with her by parents and pupils.

During the debate, Rosie said:

“That action is required is accepted, the nature of the action being considered by Lancashire County Council is opposed.”

MP Rosie put the case that the decision to consider the closure of Glenburn was a flawed one and one that was not in the best interests of school children in Skelmersdale.

Rosie has previously stated this approach is the easy and cheap option but not the right option.

Rosie Cooper said:

“Securing this debate was an opportunity to let the Schools Minister and the Department for Education know that we are fighting for the future of Glenburn; and that they can’t ignore their responsibilities in this process.

“From the outset I believe considering the possible closure of Glenburn has been the easy and cheap option.

“We cannot allow education bosses, whether in County Hall or Whitehall to gamble with the futures of the children in Skelmersdale simply because it is the easiest option.

“The overriding priority is ensuring we do what is in the best interests of pupils in Skelmersdale. For me we have to invest in their futures.

“This is why we need to take a pause and properly consider how we deliver secondary education in Skelmersdale that matches the ambitions and aspirations of our young people now and for the future.”

Rosie raised concerns over the level of support given to Glenburn Sports College and why it wasn’t being given the time to tackle issues identified during inspection visits.

She went on to highlight Glenburn’s excellent reputation as a caring, emotional and pastoral support that creates a positive environment based on each child’s needs.

Frustration surrounding the management and quality of the consultation process were also raised.

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