Friday, 12 February 2016

Cumbria school’s bid to prevent closure with prospectus

AN embattled school has produced a brochure promoting its work, despite being served with a statutory closure notice.

Bootle Parish Council has dug deep to help fund the run of 250 brochures, which are set out to help promote Captain Shaw’s School to prospective parents.

The brochure also aims to show a thriving community and appeal to developers and potential residents alike.

The document will be sent to Cumbria County Council cabinet members who will decide whether to take the decision to withdraw financial support from the school on April 12.

Parent governor Trudy Harrison helped organise the prospectus.

She denied the brochure had been published too late to have an impact and said: “The aim is to raise awareness that Captain Shaw’s offers a bright, stimulating learning environment fit for the 21st century.

“Governors, Bootle village and the wider community are committed to ensuring there continues to be a provision for education in the village.”

Mrs Harrison said the brochure aimed to point out errors made by reports to cabinet, notably the fact the school was “two rooms above a village hall”.

The Reverend James Thomas, chairman of governors at Captain Shaw’s and clerk to Bootle, said: “The idea behind it is to promote the school.

“It’s part of the parish council’s plan to promote the village and promote development in the village.

“It will be sent to cabinet members and any prospective parents too.

“The brochure is all about what the school is about, and that’s an important point to anyone looking at the area.”

Abby Hardwick, a parent governor at the school, said: “We need to show that our school is a vibrant place of education fit for the 21st century.

“What this brochure is hoping to be able to do is show the school to the people that have not seen it.”

Have your say

I have seen the brochure and hope when my grandchildren are older they will be able to be educated at Captain Shaw's School.

Posted by Lyn Edwards on 27 February 2012 at 16:32

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