Parents fight to keep New Mills Sixth Form open

New Mills School
New Mills School

The parents, students and supporters of New Mills School have launched a campaign following the proposed closure of the Sixth Form by the School Governors.

The group has a petition and need to need to achieve 3,750 signatures before July 14 to request more time and greater vision on this decision from Derbyshire County Council.

Campaigner and parent Marcus Hewitt said: “I was dismayed at hearing of the proposal to close the sixth form.

“The school appears to view this as a positive move, citing the desire to become an outstanding 11-16 school. I view it as a disastrous outcome for the town of New Mills and the surrounding area.”

The school wants to close its sixth form centre because it believes it is no longer financially viable, however the final decision rests with Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet.

Another campaigner Rachael Hinchliffe said: “We are really concerned that the proposal is being presented as a done deal and need to get the community involved in the campaign.”

Those wanting to save the sixth form believe education and opportunity should be open for all.

Mr Hewitt said: “New Mills has many families on low incomes and the high school has given opportunity and prosperity to many. Are we really just going to offer education to those that can afford it and are able to travel significant distances?

“There are other solutions and until a full strategic review is carried out to determine the entire education needs of the central area of High Peak and a knee jerk reaction to remove a key element can only do a great deal of harm.”

To sign the petition click here.