On Wednesday 15th December, supporters of the Gedling School held a demonstration outside County Hall to protest plans to close the school. Despite this protest and others, councillors in cabinet decided to go ahead with a “consultation” on the closure of the school. This is an unfortunate development, but it isn’t the end of the story.
Indymedia article with video: Save Gedling School rally at County Hall
Video link: Kids Chanting Outside County Hall
Evening Post article: Council goes ahead with Gedling School closure consultation
About 100 people, including pupils, teachers and residents, demonstrated against the Nottinghamshire County Council plans to start a consultation with the public on closing the school.
Year 11 pupil Sophie Foster, 15, was among 70 students holding banners and chanting ‘save our school.’
She said: “It’s disgusting that the county council are even planning to put Gedling School up for closure.
“The school definitely should not shut – I’ve been there nearly five years and it has been fantastic.”
Terry Chambers, Year 9 progress leader at Gedling school, said: “I’ve been there nearly 31 years and it would be a massive blow to the community not just in academic terms but for the whole of Gedling.”
Save Gedling School: http://savegedlingschool.wordpress.com/
Save Gedling School (campaign supporters network): http://savegedlingschool.ning.com/
Save Gedling School Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Our-School-The-Gedling-School/146243182088229