Gosport headteacher seeks to reassure parents

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PARENT power has compelled a Gosport head to arrange a meeting to discuss controversial plans to build a centre for troubled teenagers on her primary school site.

June Kershaw, of Woodcot Primary, said she would be hosting a parents’ meeting alongside representatives from Hampshire County Council and Quayside Education Centre – which it is proposed will move to the school.

The plans have met with opposition from parents and residents who say a primary school is not a suitable setting for 11 to 16-year-olds who have been excluded from mainstream school.

They have already collected dozens of signatures on petitions opposing the move.

Pre-school classroom assistant Belinda Webb, whose six-year-old daughter attends Woodcot, is so upset she is handing in her notice.

The 42-year-old said: ‘It would be hypocritical of me to stay on when I am so opposed to what the school is doing.’

Mrs Kershaw said: ‘I will be arranging a meeting next week to reassure parents about the proposals.’