A petition signed by 2579 residents opposing the possible closure of Glenburn Sports College was presented in the House of Commons by West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper on behalf of parents and pupils campaigning for the future of the school.
On Tuesday 16 December 2014 MP Rosie said in presenting the petition to the Commons:
“Parents, pupils and members of the wider Skelmersdale community are opposed to the possible closure of Glenburn Sports College currently being consulted on by Lancashire County Council. Marching through the town in protest, signing petitions and in making consultation submissions the message is clear pupils and parents do not believe closing the school to be in the best interests of the pupils.
“Delivering high quality education unlocks choice and opportunity for our children and young people and what we strive for is the best quality education we can possibly get for our children. To achieve this goal there needs to be a comprehensive review of education in the town and a desire to invest in the futures of these young people to achieve this goal.
“To this end I bring a petition to the House of Commons from the residents of West Lancashire.”
Presenting the petition, which has been collected by parents of pupils is the latest stage of the campaign in the fight for the future of the Skelmersdale town centre school.
Speaking after the presentation MP Rosie said:
“From the beginning of this campaign opposition to the possible closure has grown and grown each week.
“It started off with two hundred people attending a public meeting in the sports hall. That grew to four hundred people taking to the streets to march in protest. Residents’ opposition has grown further with the 2759 people putting their name to a petition making their voices heard.
“Lancashire County Council need to ensure they listen to each and every one of these voices opposing this proposal.
“To reiterate what I have said previously closing Glenburn Sports College is not in the best interests of the pupils, I don’t believe. Instead we need a comprehensive review of education provision in Skelmersdale and a desire to invest in the futures of these young people.”
The petition text presented in the House of Commons reads:
‘The Petition of the residents of West Lancashire
Declares that there are plans to close Glenburn Sports College; further that the Petitioners do not support the closure of Glenburn Spots College but wish to keep it as a local school in the Skelmersdale area; further that the Petitioners deplore the high-handed way that Lancashire County Council decided to consult on the possible closure of the school and further that a local petition on this matter was signed by 2759 individuals.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to encourage Lancashire County Council to have a genuine consultation about the possible closure of Glenburn Sports College in order to listen to the pupils and parents of the school and to explain the decision-making process behind the plans to close the school; and further requests that the House of Commons urges the Government to encourage Lancashire County Council to give time and support to Glenburn Sports College to enable the school to improve its performance and financial position.
And the Petitioners remain etc.’