Wythenshawe MP Mike Kane is calling on the government to reverse the controversial plans to close Newall Green High School.
The Shadow School’s Minister has told Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, he opposes the DfE decision to shut the school saying it could lead to a shortage of school places.
In a letter to the DfE boss he said: “Manchester City Council’s place planning shows the secondary school population in south Manchester will increase in the next two to three years. With the school closing, how will the DfE ensure the area has enough school places for our community’s children in the years ahead?”
Parents were told earlier this month that the DfE will close the academy school because of falling numbers.
A petition to save the school has been launched, signed by more than 650 people and students staged a protest calling on the decision to be reversed.
The school had been put in special measures following an OFSTED inspection, but in its latest monitoring report, inspectors said the school had made improvements.
Mike Kane was involved in establishing a Wythenshawe Education Board with the Regional Schools Commissioner, Vicky Beer.
All four Wythenshawe high schools are on board, aiming to raise standards and give a ‘good offer’ for schools in the town. The schools board aims combat o raise OFSTED.
The MP says he is very disappointed the school is being closed while we’re in the middle of this project.
I sent this letter to the Secretary of State for Education today.
I completely oppose the DfE decision and I hope we can find another solution to save the school. pic.twitter.com/vBP5qOrvRM
— Mike Kane (@MikeKaneMP) January 31, 2020
In his letter to education bosses, Mr Kane has also asked: “How did this once desirable and popular school end up being so under-subscribed that it is no longer financially viable to remain open?
“When the school closes and the land returns to the Department for Education, what will become of the buildings and large open spaces?”
The Department for Education has been approached by the Wythenshawe Reporter for a comment.