AFTER the recent successes of both Stanney and Whitby High at becoming colleges of specialist status from September, Sutton High is hoping for a similar achievement.
Stanney will become a sports college, while Whitby is to be a technical college.
For the past 18 months Sutton High has been pulling out all the stops to achieve its dream of specialising in the performing arts.
But despite staff, students and parents working extremely hard organising fundraising events and dipping into their own pockets, they are still a long way short of the £50,000 needed for the bid. They say this is mainly down to a lack of support from businesses.
So far £17,000 has been raised, but headteacher Chris Needham
said: 'Staff, and particularly the students, have done so much to raise the £17,000, but we have had hardly any help from local businesses - apart from Asda. Mention must also go to the LEAP Education Action Zone, who have also been very helpful.
'We have written numerous letters inviting people to come to the school and see what we have planned but the vast majority don't even have the courtesy to reply or, when they do, they say they are too busy. It's very disappointing.'
If the cash was raised Sutton High would be transformed into a top-notch arena for dance and drama.
Showcase events would take place on a regular basis, expert tutors would be employed and a cafeteria would be built, along with the latest studios, lighting and sound facilities and a reception area. Practice rooms would also be provided.
Mrs Needham added: 'Ellesmere Port is an area of considerable social disadvantage. Almost a quarter of the local population has limited literacy and numeracy skills. By becoming a specialist school we could help to combat these crucial issues.
'We will continue until we raise the money. The students are trying their best and want to see it succeed. We won't give up.'