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SOS - Save Our School

Postby Bernie R » Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:58 am

I've posted this on Facebook so some will have already seen it.

If you haven't already done so can you please sign this petition?

It relates to our Holly's school, St. Ambrose Barlow (formerly St. Catherine's).

The school is the only surviving secondary school in the area and the Archdiocese has asked Sefton Council to start a period of consultation with a view to closing it next August. Needless to say, our local community is up in arms about this and a strong campaign is already under way to protect the school's future. Please sign the petition to do your bit. You could even pass it on too if that's not too much trouble.

Holly is one of the lucky ones as she starts her Year 11 in September so her group is guaranteed to be able to finish their studies in their school - younger kids may have to move during that vital 2 year GCSE period.

Sefton Council have announced widespread plans to build houses at various sites - many in the Netherton area - what is the point of doing so if those who live there are robbed of local amenities such as schools?

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/526/801/785/save-st-ambrose-barlow-catholic-high-school-netherton/?taf_id=14013034&cid=fb_na#

Thanks in advance.

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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Stan Clayton » Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:55 am

ok Bern, have signed.
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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby lily8 » Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:09 am

As an ex pat may not seem appropriate to some, but I retain very close links to the area through family and friends and am a supporter of neighbourhood schools. I have happily signed Bernie and the very best of luck to the community with this.
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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Bernie R » Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:09 pm

Thanks Stan and Lily.

Have no fear about being overseas Lil - you're not alone as there is support on that petition from all corners of the globe.

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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Sheelagh Tequila » Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:21 pm

I've signed Bernie.

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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Glenys » Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:33 pm

Bernie, I've signed.
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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Bernie R » Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:24 pm

Thanks gals - appreciate your support.
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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Bernie R » Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:03 am

Piece in today's Echo about the meeting last night...

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liv ... re-9650740
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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Bernie R » Sun Jul 19, 2015 12:12 pm

I make no apologies for banging on about this.

Here's a little video that showcases what we risk losing if the school closes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyRZxZp ... e=youtu.be
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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby 42aitch » Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:14 pm

Signed Bernie, Good Luck, we have already lost St Wilfrid's RC High School so another loss in the area is too much.

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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Joycen60 » Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:05 pm

Hi Bernie,

Good Luck with your petition. I have now signed. If the School is good why close it and small is good. As an ex secondary school teacher I feel for all staff and students that are affected by this.
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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Jan Purchase » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:58 am

Bernie

Have signed.

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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Bernie R » Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:23 pm

Thanks all.

The online petition is now, as of this afternoon, closed with a staggering 25,880 signatures.

Jan, you were nearly the last entry but 4 signatures came in after you.

Optimistic to the end, the school is having its open night tonight in an effort to attract their intake for next September. Here's hoping that goes well.

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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Bernie R » Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:49 am

Update on this folks and I'm afraid it's bad news.

Final verdict was announced yesterday and the school will close in August. There was an air of inevitability about it all really given that so many parents elected to start moving their kids to other schools almost from day one of the process. I'm not having a pop at those parents. I honestly don't know what we'd have done about Holly if she hadn't been in the lucky position of being in Year 11 and so was unaffected by this (for those like me who still think in terms of 1st year to 5th year that means she leaves before the closure).

The parents who ran the campaign to save the school should be applauded, but alas their efforts were in vain and we'll find ourselves without a secondary school in Netherton come September.

Thanks to all who signed the petition - your support is greatly appreciated.

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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Joycen60 » Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:33 am

Hi Bernie,

Thanks for the update. It is hard to believe that there is no secondary school in the area. Is this because there are is not enough pupils of this age to fill them? Where does everyone go now?
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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Invicta » Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:53 am

Shame that Bernie. I'd heard about the campaign on our visits to Netherton Green. :wink: K
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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Bernie R » Fri Jan 15, 2016 12:05 pm

Ambrose had official 'small school status' which obviously made it more attractive than some of the sprawling, small-city type, schools we see around. Recently, falling numbers led the Archdiocese to crunch the numbers and that's where it all started.

There seems to have been some kind of tacit strategy to get the Ambrose kids to go to Savio (Salesian as was) although I do know of many who have ignored that option and opted for Maricourt in Maghull or Holy Family in Thornton.

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Re: SOS - Save Our School

Postby Sheelagh Tequila » Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:12 pm

I`m sorry to hear this Bernie, we drove past there yesterday, it makes you wonder do they really think of the children and their families when they make these decisions.... Its a shame.

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