SOS pays off as school is saved

Lalage Bosanquet and pupils at Rock Hall School celebrate their good news.
Lalage Bosanquet and pupils at Rock Hall School celebrate their good news.

A SCHOOL threatened with closure has been saved, thanks to a parents’campaign.

Governors at Rock Hall School took the decision to close at the end of July because of falling roll numbers and red tape.

But the announcement was a concern for parents and it led to them launching a six-week campaign, called Save our School.

And now that has been successful and the school is able to continue.

Headteacher Lalage Bosanquet, who set up the school, in a shed in her garden in 1984, welcomed the news.

She said: “It has been astonishing to see the groundswell of support building up over the last few weeks. It is not just parents who are delighted to hear the news but a very wide section of the local community. We are all very grateful to the parents who have shown such faith in us and been absolutely determined to save the school.”

In a bid to keep the facility going an open day was held in January for prospective pupils and their parents to go to.

This was hailed as a success and a number of parents registered their interest in sending their children to the school.

Alongside this, the school has received a lot of offers of support from all across the county.

Governors met last week and formulated a plan which gives the school a secure future, meaning it will continue to open its doors in 2012.

Co-principal, Avril Lomas, said: “It is wonderful news and we are very grateful to all the people who have pledged their support and worked so hard to save us.

“The children are, of course, delighted.”

Lucia Bridgeman, whose children attended the school and who helped organise the campaign, said: “‘Rock Hall is too good a school to close and we are so pleased that it is continuing. There is a very strong team of staff involved in producing children who are confident and creative, and go on to settle in every type of school afterwards.

“A governor of Rock once said that there should be ‘liberty to educate’, and in providing a choice for local education it is a very important step that Rock Hall School will be open for future generations.”