Camera call on closure battle

THE plight of Fairfield High School as it fights to secure its future is gaining widespread attention.
Camera crews from Granada TV's political show Party People descended on the school to gather the thoughts of teachers and staff over concerns it could close as part of council plans.
Chris Blackett, head of the Fairfield parents' action group, said he called in the cameras to help raise awareness of the campaign.
Janet Whittingham, a teacher at Fairfield, said: 'They filmed a Year 8 assembly where there were performances by
the senior choir and drummer Lewis O'Neill.
'They also interviewed the headteacher, a number of pupils and Chris Blackett.'
Naomi Heyes, a performing arts student, said: 'It would be like the end of the world if they closed it.'
Pupil Charlotte McKelvie told the camera crew: 'I moved from The Heath in Runcorn to Fairfield at the end of Year 9 specifically for the performing arts.'
The school is waiting anxiously for the Halton Council to reveal its second round of proposals in the Government's Building Schools for the Future programme which could involve its federation with Wade Deacon.
Pupil filmed by GranadaSecond Pupil filmed by Granada

Pupil Charlotte McKelvey said she transferred to Fairfield especially for the performing arts classes.
Young drummer Lewis O'Neil was interviewed by Granada TV's Party People about the proposed closure of Fairfield High School.

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