PARENTS and governors at a city centre school feel they are being ignored by council officers in their fight for survival.
Boughton St Paul's is under threat as part of the county council's Transforming Learning Communities (TLC) review - but a plan to save the school, involving it becoming a half form primary, has been put forward as an alternative to closure.
Supporters of the school felt they were not listened to at a TLC stake-holder meeting last week.
Vice-chair of governors Sara Barnsley said: 'They are making the decision on a financial basis, not on how good the school is. We have put forward plans that make the school viable but they're not interested.'
Stephen and Christina Beveridge, of Linden Grove in Hoole are disillusioned by the attitude of the county council.
Mr Beveridge, who invited Chester MP Christine Russell to look round the school recently, said: 'She is very supportive in what we are doing and she did give us a few suggestions.
'But there's little she can do - the decision is being made at a local level.'
On April 30, the school planning panel will decide whether to publish a statutory notice on the closure of Boughton St Paul's.
Mrs Beveridge added: 'We feel that TLC is messing with our children's education but they're not interested in what we've got to say.'
A letter from Joan Feenan, director of children's services, to parents, staff and governors at the school, said: 'Boughton St Paul's governors have put forward an alternative option of making the school an all through primary school taking a half form of entry. This would require an increase in net capacity from 81 to 105.
'The authority does not consider a half form of entry as an appropriate basis for establishing a new urban primary school.
'It also considers that it would be inappropriate to invest in additional school capacity at a time when in Chester and rural Chester there are 1,200 surplus spaces in the primary school sector.'
* MEMBER for children's services, Cllr David Rowlands, will visit the school on April 17 between 9am and 11am for a drop-in session to address parent's concerns.