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Alderman Blaxill School

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

I present the petition of Kevin Starling, Lyn Barton, Nigel Offen and pupils and former pupils of Alderman Blaxill school, Colchester, together with parents, residents and others. There are nearly 500 signatures on the petition objecting to the closure of Alderman Blaxill school and of Thomas Lord Audley school at Monkwick and the construction of an academy on the Monkwick site.

The petition states:

The Petition of Kevin Starling, Lyn Barton and Nigel Offen - and pupils and former pupils of Alderman Blaxill School, Colchester, together with parents, residents and others,

Declares that the school has a special place in the life of the Shrub End community in accordance with the Government’s policies towards promoting sustainable communities; consider that its position as the town’s smallest secondary school should be regarded as a positive reason for its retention rather than a reason for closure or merger; stresses in particular the important role the school has with its special relationship with the Colchester Garrison and the teaching of pupils whose parents serve in HM Armed Forces; and point out that the school is the only one in Colchester with a unit specialising in dyslexia.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call on the Government to (a) stop Essex County Council from closing or merging Alderman Blaxill School and (b) to ensure that all necessary support, financial and otherwise, is given to enable the school to improve its performance and to continue to be an integral part of the community in the years ahead.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.