Stoke-on-Trent city council has today turned a £250 million Building Schools for the Future success story into a disaster, but all is not lost. The council-Conservative-run at the moment-can still do the right thing. In line with what the Schools Minister has repeatedly said, we can have a two-school solution-keeping a community school at Mitchell High, while building the new 20:20 academy on the Longton High site. I have with me tonight the start of a petition, which is still gathering hundreds of signatures. The petition calls for the two-school solution that the people of Stoke-on-Trent want. It reads:
The Petition of the undersigned,
Declares that there is a desire among the people of the city of Stoke-on-Trent that there should be a High School serving the communities of Longton, Meir, Weston Coyney, Normacot, Dresden, and other areas in that vicinity.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government to take steps to instruct Stoke-on-Trent City Council that it may, as part of the BSF programme, have a "two-school solution" to the issue of the location of the new 20:20 Academy, thereby building a new school on the fields adjacent to Longton High School and continuing to use the Mitchell High School.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.
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