Brigidine School's future uncertain

Published: 23 Jan 2011 09:30

THE future of Brigidine School hangs in the balance as rival plans threaten it.

The Pro-Independent Working Group is working with the school's governors to raise £250,000 by Easter to stop the school becoming a state-funded Free School.

The governors are waiting to hear from the Department for Education (DfE) to learn whether they have been successful in their application.

Chairman of governors Mike Wyld had hoped to be on a list of 10 schools whose applications had been approved that was published on Friday last week, but was disappointed.

He said: "We're putting a letter together for the parents in the next couple of days, but are still awaiting approval from the DfE. We were not on the list and we were hoping to be."

Pro-Independent Working Group leader Michael Fleming has raised more than £20,000 of the cash needed in just four days from donations but is concerned the delay from the DfE could be catastrophic for the school.

He said: "We need a decision before Easter because Year 9 start their GCSE courses then and many may leave by September. Then we may not have the critical mass to maintain an independent school."

The group will present their business plan and details of the money raised to the governors at a meeting on Wednesday, February 9.

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