MORE than 100 placard-carrying youngsters have marched on Cheshire County Hall to protest over the future closure of their Chester school.
The show of strength from the 120 Kingsway High School pupils earned them a meeting with education officials who tried to assure the group that everything was being considered in saving the school.
Falling birth rates are being blamed for the proposed closure of the comprehensive in August 2005.
There are currently 715 empty places across Chester's seven secondary schools. A third of these, 239 places, are at the Newton-based school. Across the county, schools have a total of 7,202 surplus primary school places and 2,886 too many secondary school places.
Kingsway has just 525 pupils on its roll and on current trends it is estimated by 2009 that will drop to 288. Last year the number of pupils applying to the school almost halved from 79 to 44.
But pupils - backed by parents and teachers - demanded to know from David Cracknell, Cheshire's director of education, whether the problem of surplus places at Kingsway could be solved by 'capping' places at neighbouring schools.