Teachers meet union as parents fight to avert closure of school

Talks: John Coward.
Talks: John Coward.

UNIONS were last night holding talks with teachers over controversial plans to close a Doncaster primary school.

Doncaster divisional secretary for the National Union of Teachers, John Coward, planned to speak with staff at Marshland Primary to discuss what action should be taken over the plan.

It was the second meeting held by the union, following on from talks between Mr Coward and officials at Doncaster Council.

The talks were on the day many schools in the borough re-opened after the summer holidays.

Mr Coward said he had not been informed of the plans to start consultation over the possible closure before it became public knowledge last week.

He said: “We asked for talks with the local authority so we could be put in the picture, and find out what the prospects would be for our members.”

Parents have started a campaign to keep the school open, with a petition circulating in the Moorends area.

The school is in special measures, but parents running the campaign say it should be given time and support to turn itself around.

Doncaster Council delayed starting consultation on the move last week, when cabinet put back making a decision.

The school is now in talks with Trinity Academy, in Thorne, to look at the possibility of the academy taking over the running of the school.

Mr Coward said he thought the academy plan needed to be considered very carefully before any step was made in that direction.

The plans before the council were proposing the closure of Marshland at the end of this year.