A parent has launched a petition against the merging of the Sparrow Farm Infant and Junior schools in Feltham.

Michelle Keene has slammed Hounslow council’s plans saying that there is no evidence to show an amalgamation would improve the learning and development of the children.

Concerns include the loss of funding, a high staff turnover and one headteacher across two sites.

So far, more than 80 people have signed the petition to reject the proposal to amalgamate the two schools.

Ms Keene, parent governor and chair of governing body for Sparrow Farm schools, said she has started the petition as “an amalgamation would mean a large, impersonal institution that would threaten the current warm relationships with the children, families and our community".

She added: “More time and attention would be spent by staff and governors on extensive bureaucracy involved in an amalgamation rather than on the children’s education.

“The governors are opposed to the amalgamation. The governors recognise the daunting challenge of keeping each individual child in focus in a school of nearly 650 pupils and staffing would be stretched beyond capacity due to the loss of funding.

"Join us in objecting to this proposal and help us save our school.”

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It is the second petition created following the same announcement made for Strand on the Green Schools in Chiswick.

Worried mum Lisa Brum of Feltham who has children in both sides of the Sparrow Farm schools added the council attempted to force an amalgamation three years ago and it was rejected then.

“Myself and other parents are absolutely petrified as we don’t know what’s going to happen,” added Ms Brum.

“There is no sense in any of it. We are going to lose £110k funding a year and they are saying there will be no job losses - how?”

“We don’t get any answers from Hounslow council - what happens to the IT infrastructure; telelphone system; reception; job losses.

“There is no extra funding to make this work. It’s a case of you are going to be one school with £110k less funding.

“I understand they need to cut costs but not at the sake of children’s education.”

Deadline to sign the petition is February 27.

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