School’s fate still hangs in the balance as administrators ‘evaluate’ offers.

ADMINISTRATORS dealing with the disposal of Tawstock Court say they are still 'evaluating various offers' for the former independent school and grounds.

Bids for the Grade II listed St Michael's School were being accepted until the close of business on Friday and a decision on the successful bidder was not expected until after the Gazette went to press yesterday afternoon.

Among those understood to have submitted an offer is a group of parents who have raised £1 million in a bid to save St Michael's for future generations of schoolchildren.

North Devon MP Nick Harvey has urged bank managers from the Royal Bank of Scotland and administrators Grant Thornton to look favourably on the Tawstock Court Group bid.

He said: "I would urge that everything be done to save St Michael's as a school for future generations.

"It has been the heart of the local community for generations and its closure due to financial difficulties came as a shock to everyone, including myself.

"I would urge all concerned to consider that this is not just about financial gain. Children's education, a piece of local history as well as the fate of a respected educational institution now hangs in the balance. A workable solution must be found."

Mr Harvey added: "RBS had to be helped out of its difficulties and now I am asking them to help those trying to save St Michael's as a school.

"We all understand the harsh financial realities of the moment, but it would not be good to see them squeeze the last bit of money out of this situation when there seems to be an opportunity to do so much more."