The recent Government announcement that the High Weald Academy in Cranbrook is to close in part at Christmas, and in full at the end of this academic year, has created a huge local backlash and deep concern.
The loss of the only non-selective secondary school for miles around will seriously affect children and families in the Weald of Kent. The wider knock-on effect on the town of Cranbrook will also be significant; impacting local businesses, social clubs, sports teams and more.
Our solicitors have advised that in order to seek a Judicial Review of the decision, and to have the matter reconsidered by Government, our group should obtain an opinion on the merits of the case from a specialist barrister. The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) turned down an application for the funding of this pre-action stage, suggesting instead that alternative funding should be considered.
We are seeking a total of £7,000 and are therefore reaching out to individuals, businesses and any other supportive sources for donations.