Let my play the devils avocado for a minute,
I was a student at the Dale, I lived with my parents on Claremont, my friend lived three doors up, he went to Rosehill. We both got fantastic educations, I'm not sure howmany of the teachers are still there now but I'm sure the quality of staff across all sites are comparable and very good.
Whilst change for some can be a daunting prospect for others it is a great opportunity, and in an area such as education it is very important to move forward. I feel for the teachers, I work in education and have been shortlisted for redundancy because of restructures a couple of times, there is nothing you can do about it!
The fact which stands is that due to falling birth rates there are fewer children and so we do not need as many schools, Marple does seem to have a massive number of schools per head of population, don't forget that it happened to Doodfield a couple of years ago so it is nothing new. - the lowest yeargroup so far is progressing into year 10, so sixthforms will get hit in 2 years time and the restructure will start all over again!
schools are businesses, its a sad fact, there is only so far local councils and central government can go to support them, but if there is a chance for better facilities I think that it will be great news for the pupils. My mother works at one of the largest primary in stockport - Didsbury Rd in Heaton Mersey with well over 500 pupils, and the community it has surrounding it is second to none, all of the parents in a two mile radius know one and other and so do the children, it has brought many different religions, backgrounds and races together.
Whilst I think it is commendable that parents want to support their local school have they stopped to think what they, the community and future generations could be gaining from merging the schools?