County councillor rallies support for Stamford Queen Eleanor School as council funding for places at Stamford Endowed Schools comes to an end

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A COUNTY councillor is calling on people to back Stamford Queen Eleanor School following last week’s confirmation that the endowed schools scholarship scheme is due to end.

Coun John Hicks (Ind), who represents Stamford North on Lincolnshire County Council, was at a meeting of the children and young people scrutiny committee on May 13 where the impact of withdrawing the scholarship scheme was looked at.

A decision was taken in 2006 to end the scheme, which offers bright children in Stamford places paid for by the county council at Stamford Endowed Schools.

The council wants more parents to send their high-achieving children to Stamford Queen Eleanor School in Green Lane.

Coun Hicks said: “We need to concentrate on changing the perception of Queen Eleanor and until we have got a much improved situation, the scholarship scheme should stay in place so children don’t lose out.

“We need everyone in the town, including businesses, councillors and other interested parties, to support Queen Eleanor.”

Coun Hicks, who is also a Stamford town councillor, said he would ideally like to see the school employ a marketing manager, another entrance to the school and more facilities in the area.

He said parents were still opting to send their children to either the endowed schools or Casterton Business and Enterprise College.

He added: “We need to have a long-term plan in place for the school. The school has improved its grades but the perception has not changed.”

There are 24 children due to start in Year 7 at the endowed schools and they will be the last to gain scholarships under the scheme.

The decision to end the scheme has also atttacted criticism from Robert Conboy, chairman of Stamford Independents, who said: “Why should children in the Stamford area be penalised?”

The county council said this week the scholarship scheme definitely would not be reinistated.

In an article last week we wrongly stated that it would be illegal for the council to reinstate the scholarship scheme. We apologise for the error.