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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 May 2007, 11:27 GMT 12:27 UK
Parents fight school closure plan
Highfield School
Highfield Primary School is currently only half full
Parents of children at a primary school in Derbyshire earmarked for closure say they are increasing efforts in a campaign to keep it open.

The county council announced four schools, including Highfield Primary in Long Eaton, may be closed because of falling pupil numbers.

But parents of children at Highfield said they would fight to stop the school from being closed.

A committee is being set up to organise petitions and fundraising.

'Chained to railings'

Parent Abigail Bradbury-Price said support from the community had been very encouraging.

"We'll chain ourselves to the railings if it comes to it. We're not thinking the school will close, in fact it's the opposite, the school will stay open," she said.

"We've had a lot of support from every walk of life - from local councillors to parents of children at the school and residents in the area, so we're really excited."

The other schools being considered for closure are Apperknowle Primary, near Dronfield; Castle Gresley Infants; and Combs Infants in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Derbyshire County Council said it would consult parents before making any formal decision about closure.

Highfield Primary is said to be about half full, with the cost of repairing the buildings put at 500,000.


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10 May 07 |  Derbyshire

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