A BATTLING parent is hitting education bosses 'where it hurts' by advertising for new pupils to join a closing school.
Eric Enston of Burwardsley has taken out an advertisement for Harthill Primary in The Chronicle in the hope of boosting class sizes and making the school more financially viable.
Currently Harthill is marked for closure under the Transforming Learning Communities(TLC) review and is being taken to formal consultation.
Eric, whose sons Max, 8, and Alex, 4, go to the school, said: 'It makes my blood boil. It's one of the best schools in Cheshire - it's just that they say the running costs are higher.
'It's not as if we need a hundred pupils - 10 to 15 would make the world of difference. Then the school is running at the same cost as other rural schools.
'I'm sure there are loads of parents in this area who have got children in classrooms of 30, when we have a class of eight. It seems crazy you're thinking of closing the school when there are schools that are full to capacity.' Mr Enston, who hopes his daughter Josephine will start at Harthill, said the pre-school was moved and there is not a school bus to bring in children, making the latest bold step necessary.
He said: 'We are saying 'we know you're taking a chance by moving your children here but we have a sponsor for the uniform for the next 18 months'.
'It's a gamble but if we got a commitment for September we could go back to the council and say 'this is what we've done ourselves without the pre-school'.
'We don't know if we'll get them. The only answer is to hit them where it hurts.
'We hope they will see sense and if we increase numbers they will take a different view of it.'