BATTLING parents and governors at a primary school threatened with closure say a successful open day has given them hope ahead of public consultation meetings today.
Following a decision by the executive at Cheshire County Council to authorise formal consultations on the possible closure of St Oswald's Worleston CE Primary School, the public has been invited to drop-in sessions there at 3.30 and 5.30pm. On Saturday, prospective parents and councillors visited the school to see what it can offer for children.
Parent governor Fiona Haywood said: 'I was pleased with the turnout. I hope county councillors listen to us and read our reasons for keeping the school open and not just consider reasons for closure.'
All staff at the school were present along with about 20 pupils. Acton's borough councillor John Beech, whose ward would be affected by the closure, also attended.
Children from St Oswald's would be forced to take their seats at Acton CE Primary if the site closed.
Eddisbury MP Stephen O'Brien said: 'I stand behind today's and tomorrow's parents, children, teachers and governors in holding on to this outstanding educational opportunity which is vital to the continuing cohesion of our community.'
A county council public consultation document states: 'St Oswald's is in rural Crewe and Nantwich and has a capacity for 49 pupils.
'The school's ability to reach this number is limited because there is minimal housing development in the immediate area and the cost of existing housing is high.
'Therefore, there is limited opportunity for young families to move into the area.'