Controversy over the proposed merger of Wisewood and Myers Grove schools – effectively reducing the number of schools in north west Sheffield to just one – is escalating as planning approval was passed for the new Forge Valley Community School site in Stannington.
According to the Sheffield Star today:
THE controversial plan to merge two Sheffield schools has passed another test – after councillors granted planning approval for the new Forge Valley Community School site in Stannington.
In July 2008 Sheffield Council approved the merger of Wisewood and Myers Grove secondaries on education grounds, but the new site required planning approval before the scheme could go ahead.
At a packed meeting a split planning board voted for the school to be built on the old Myers Grove site in time for its opening in September 2011.
The plans will now be forwarded to the Government’s communities secretary John Denham to give the final go-ahead.
Angry campaigners from the Save Our Community Schools group protested in front of the Town Hall before the meeting, demanding that councillors keep both schools open. (full article here)
The Save Our Community Schools campaign, having campaigned hard against the merger, say they will provide updates on their site.