Caistor schools will not merge, says headteacher
A HEADTEACHER in Caistor has dismissed claims that two schools could merge as "pure speculation".
A Market Rasen paper has claimed that Caistor Yarborough Academy and Caistor Grammar could merge in two years if a Government proposal to simplify funding grants is passed in two years.
However, Roger Hale, headteacher at Caistor Grammar, which is consistently the top performing school and sixth form in Lincolnshire, has dismissed the story as "totally erroneous".
Mr Hale, who was surprised by the claim, added: "There is absolutely no truth in any suggestion that Lincolnshire County Council or anyone else have any plans to discuss school closures or mergers."
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The rumour was supposedly based on a list of 20 schools with less than 700 students – including the Caistor schools – which Lincolnshire County thought would be "in trouble" if new legislation is adopted in 2015. But Lincolnshire County Council has denied this list ever existed.
Edward Leigh, MP for Gainsborough, has promised to lobby the Government against the proposal, which would reduce the block grant available – but would hit smaller schools the hardest.
Debbie Barnes, director of children's services for LCC, also spoke out against the policy.
She said: "We do recognise the challenges that smaller secondary schools face within Lincolnshire and continue to lobby government on school funding reform to make sure that smaller, rural schools continue to be protected."