Students protest about possible schools link

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A GROUP of Scarborough students staged a protest yesterday over plans to join two secondary schools into one.

Twelve students from the Raincliffe and Graham School federation left lessons and stood in front of the Raincliffe building with placards.

Associate headteacher Mick Jolley said: “The students wanted to make a point and communicate it.

“I stood with them at the front of the school and we spoke about the recent student protests and how the process works.

“They were very keen to be heard. They had some concerns about the change, which are borne out of their feelings for their own school.”

Mr Jolley added that he felt it was important for students to have their say and to have information about the plans to create a single school.

To help with this, open evenings are taking place this week on both the Raincliffe and Graham sites. Tonight’s event at Raincliffe is aimed at Year 6 students who are currently at primary school and will be moving to secondary school in September.

The move to create a single school would ultimately see the closure of Raincliffe School with all pupils and staff transferring to an expanded Graham site. It could happen by September 2012.