Herefordshire Against Closing Schools
Family and Community Rally
13th February 2008
Schools, communities, business and individuals are all banding together in a massive show of defiance against the LEA school closure proposals culminating in a rally to be held in Hereford city centre on the 13th February, organised by Herefordshire Against Closing Schools (HACS).
Co-founders of HACS, Jane Ward and Eugene Gooch, said : "It is just as important to hold the Rally now as it was when the proposals were first issued. The Council are saying that the proposals have been withdrawn, when in fact, HACS knows that Council officials are ALREADY IMPLEMENTING them by refusing places at schools on the closure list to parents who request them. Other parents have started to withdraw children from schools marked for closure, and this just leads to the Council’s plans winning through the back door. Therefore parents must not be dissuaded from their choice of school by these reprehensible and underhand tactics. Everyone responsible for these plans must be left in no doubt that the people of Herefordshire simply will not accept any proposal that means the decimation of education in Hereford".
"Regardless of what happens at the Council meeting on the 8th February, the Rally will still go ahead. HACS encourages any member of the public who cares about their local area and community to join the thousands that are expected to attend and to bury these plans once and for all".