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A group of parents of children at the Grove School, Balderton, believe that to be the case.

“It drags the town down if you haven’t got quality schools to educate our young people,” says group representative Mrs Pamela Durney.

They are angry that a vulnerable section of society has been hit by the need to balance the nation’s books and have organised a public meeting for Monday night where people can have their say.

The Advertiser, supported by the MP, Mr Patrick Mercer, and the heads of the Grove, Magnus and Orchard schools, will push the case for our schools and their pupils to receive the investment they deserve.

We urge readers to write to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, to make clear the strength of feeling on this issue.

It can’t be right that children are taught in classrooms where natural light is limited because windows have been boarded up.

It can’t be right that plasterwork is peeling off the walls and that window frames are rotting.

It certainly can’t be right that buckets have to be used to catch dripping water during heavy downpours, as is the case at the Orchard School

Cuts have to be made, but a way must also be found to give our children the best possible chance of succeeding.

Mr Gove needs to understand, in no uncertain terms, that the worsening state of our schools cannot be allowed to continue.



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