Fearns par­ents hit back at school crit­ics

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

PAR­ENTS of Fearns Com­mu­nity Sports College pupils have of­fered re­as­sur­ance that chil­dren can thrive at the school, de­spite on­go­ing con­cerns over its per­for­mance.

Stephanie Hunt, 50, is part of the Fearns Par­ent Sup­port Group which helps cur­rent, past and fu­ture stu­dents. She said both her chil­dren had blos­somed and the school was ‘step­ping things up from month to month’.

She said: “I have a son Jamie who is thriv­ing at Fearns and my daugh­ter Ab­bie, who is now 19, found a per­fect en­vi­ron­ment that later en­abled her to go to uni­ver­sity. Ab­bie trans­ferred to Fearns from an­other Rossendale high school in year 10. At the other school she was pre­dicted to fail, but Fearns was the right place.

“She passed her GCSEs and is now study­ing Law at uni­ver­sity. I’d en­cour­age par­ents to visit the school. Their child will get the sup­port they need.”

Sarah Healey, 46, from Weir, has two sons at Fearns, Austin in Year 10 and Os­car in Year 8.

She said: “When I got the let­ter that my el­dest had been al­lo­cated Fearns I was gut­ted, I cried.

“How­ever, my ex­pe­ri­ence with both my lads couldn’t have been more dif­fer­ent from that neg­a­tive out­look.

“There’s not been a prob­lem. I think the fact the school has smaller class sizes has helped them. The school is im­prov­ing and I can as­sure peo­ple it’s a pos­i­tive place for chil­dren to be ed­u­cated.”

She added: “Re­cently the stu­dents have been in­volved in chang­ing per­cep­tions by help­ing choose the new school uni­form and PE kit.”

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