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Parents fight for school future

PUBLISHED: 11:12 08 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:04 03 March 2010

PARENTS with girls at one of the region's top private schools have vowed to do everything in their power to prevent it from closing.

St Felix School, near Southwold, is facing closure after the board of governors announced "unsustainable" losses - meaning around 130 pupils will be uprooted and moved elsewhere.

PARENTS with girls at one of the region's top private schools have vowed to do everything in their power to prevent it from closing.

St Felix School, near Southwold, is facing closure after the board of governors announced "unsustainable" losses – meaning around 130 pupils will be uprooted and moved elsewhere.

But the St Felix School Parent Teacher Association has contacted all parents with children at the all-girls school and urged them to attend a committee meeting tomorrow night.

A letter to parents said: "It came as a complete shock to us all.

"However, we have decided that we cannot allow the school to close without putting up some resistance and so we are opening our forthcoming committee meeting to all parents and guardians."

It added: "We hope to have someone present with more information on the options that have been considered for the future of the school. Our aim is to save Saint Felix. We know that it is worth saving."

The first parents and staff knew about the decision was when they received a letter from chairman of governors, Clive Mann, on Thursday.

At tomorrow's meeting, there are also likely to be "damage limitation" strategies discussed if the school cannot be saved from closure.

Parents and staff at the school were told by Mr Mann that it cannot continue after suffering "unsustainable" losses, reported to be in the region of £1.2 million over the past two years.

Under a survival plan drawn up by the board of governors, the neighbouring St George's Preparatory School would merge with St Felix and be accommodated in the main school building providing education for boys and girls up to the age of 13.

One parent said: "This has all come out of the blue and is such a shock.

"Everything seemed to be going so well and the school recently held an extremely successful May Ball that raised money for Great Ormond Street Hospital."

Another said he hoped that parents and the board of governors could get together to set up a "financial rescue package" that would allow the school to keep open in its present form.

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