Parents fight for St Michael’s

Joseph Bulmer

Parent group hopes to save school from closure

A MOVE by parents to save a North Devon independent school from closure appears to be gathering momentum.

Dozens turned out at a meeting yesterday to learn more about the fate of St Michael’s School which is expected to go into administration within days.

Stunned parents were sent emails and letters the day after Boxing Day telling them that the 71-year-old school at Tawstock, near Barnstaple, would not reopen in January.

Following the meeting in the school sports hall, a group of parents headed by local businessman Gordon Gurr, say they are optimistic about reopening the school in the near future.

The school is still to make a statement to the press but a message posted on the St Michael’s Facebook page said: “We can confirm that a group of parents headed by Gordon Gurr are hoping to reopen the school in the near future.

“Grant Thornon, who are expected to take over as administrators in the next couple of days, have agreed to give them some time to put a full plan together. More details will be provided shortly.”

Another post adds: “The current staff and parents showed overwhelming support for the school today and are not going to let it go without a fight.

“I think it would be a nice idea to hold a reunion event for all former pupils, teachers, parents and other friends of the school so that we can all show our support and possibly try to raise some money for the school in the process.

“If anyone else is interested or has any ideas on how we could do this please get in touch.”