Petition plea: ‘Save Brewers Hill School’

Campaigners have launched the Save Brewers Hill Middle School petition
Campaigners have launched the Save Brewers Hill Middle School petition

Campaigning parents are making an impassioned plea for people to back their new Save Brewers Hill Middle School petition.

The Friends Of Brewers Hill group has a petition station in the reception area of the Dunstable school, in Aldbanks.

And the group also plans to go out and about to gather signatures of support.

Public consultation is set to start soon on the potential closure of Ashton Middle, Brewers Hill Middle and Streetfield Middle schools.

A report to Central Beds Council’s executive committee said “viable” alternatives to closures will be considered.

Age range changes at a number of Dunstable schools are widely seen as leading to a shift from a three-tier education system to two tiers.

Ashton Middle has announced it is consulting on potentially becoming a secondary school.

Streetfield Middle hopes to become a primary school with a nursery provision.

Now Brewers Hill Middle, rated as “good” by Ofsted, will issue its own consultation document soon, setting out its case to stay open.

Friends Of Brewers Hill mums Jacqueline Varney and Carly Capp are keen to hear from supporters willing to help with the petition.

Jacqueline said: “Brewers Hill is a really good school, for every child of every ability. Nobody is overlooked. The staff genuinely want every child to succeed and do the best they can.” She praised the school’s “holistic” approach and warned that many new homes are being built, for families who will need school places.

Carly said: “We are very distressed and upset about the possible closure of the school.

“It is an Ofsted-rated ‘good’ school. The children who go there are happy and the staff are very enthusiastic. It is an absolutely fabulous school.”

She urges the community to take part in consultation over potential school closures, and attend public meetings.

“Many voices can make a lot of noise,” she said. And she emphasised: “Our community needs good schools.”

> To volunteer to collect signatures for the Brewers Hill petition, text FOBH HELP and your name to 0786 1728796 or 0790 4576618.