PARENTS from Elton have blasted the quality of education at Cheshire Oaks High and say they would welcome the school’s closure as part of the academy plan.
The Pioneer received a number of e-mails from residents this week claiming that the school is a “dumping ground” for expelled pupils.
Cheshire County Council says the claim has no substance adding that the school’s results have improved significantly.
One parent said: “I have read on the internet that 40% of pupils have been excluded from other schools. Is Cheshire Oaks just a dumping ground?
“I do not want my child educated there and I can now live in hope that Elton children will not be forced to travel eight miles to the new academy and will instead be allowed to obtain a ‘decent’ education instead at Helsby High.”
Another parent said: “Last year only 13% of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs grade A-C including maths and English. Our children deserve better.”
In response to comments made by Stewart Hayward on our letters page last week, one parent said: “He seemed to suggest that parents were now choosing Cheshire Oaks High over Helsby High and was concerned that the closure of Cheshire Oaks would mean parents would again choose Helsby over the new academy.
“This has completely confused me. I do not know any sane minded parent who would actively opt for Cheshire Oaks over Helsby.”
A Cheshire County Council spokeswoman said: “All schools take in their fair share of excluded pupils but Cheshire Oaks have no more or no less than any other school.”