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Parent power back on display in Great Yarmouth as high school merger sparks second protest march

Pupils, parents and staff gather to protest through the streets of Yarmouth a giant plans to merge Aldermann Swindell School Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Pupils, parents and staff gather to protest through the streets of Yarmouth a giant plans to merge Aldermann Swindell School Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

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A show of parent power will be on display in Great Yarmouth once again as a protest march winds through the town.

Last weekend, parents, children and community members against Norfolk County Council’s proposal to close Alderman Swindell Primary and move it onto the site of North Denes Primary strode through the town in protest.

Now, those objecting to a second proposed merger of Trafalgar College and Great Yarmouth Charter Academy - proposed by the Inspiration Trust, which runs both schools - will follow suit this weekend.

Parents will meet at St George’s Theatre at 2pm on Saturday to share their concerns and information with passers-by.

A campaign to halt the closure was set up after the merger proposal was revealed in September, with many saying their children are happy at Trafalgar, and do not want the school to lose its identity.

There are proposals for a merger of Trafalgar College and Great Yarmouth Charter Academy. Picture: David Hannant/James Bass There are proposals for a merger of Trafalgar College and Great Yarmouth Charter Academy. Picture: David Hannant/James Bass

Saturday’s march has been organised by Paul Smith, whose daughter attends Trafalgar.

Mr Smith, who is from the Great Yarmouth area, said he was inspired to set up the event after attending the Alderman Swindell march last weekend.

MORE: Parents, pupils and teachers march through Great Yarmouth to protest Alderman Swindell closure

“There was so much awareness raised,” he said. “People were coming out of shops and stopping them to ask what was going on and signing the petition.

“It’s about letting people know what’s happening and that we aren’t happy about it.

“We moved into the catchment area for Trafalgar so our daughter could go there because it seemed perfect. We feel let down.”

He said councillors and well-known local faces had agreed to join the march.

The merger would see pupils at Trafalgar relocate to Charter Academy’s Salisbury Road site. Building works would be planned at the site so it could grow to accommodate 1,500 students.

The Inspiration Trust has said the school-age population in the area has grown slower than expected - and that the time was right to assess secondary provision in the town.

To find out more, or have your say on the plans before the consultation closes on October 15, click here.

• What do you think of the proposal? Let us know by emailing lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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