AS PARENTS of a Wirral special needs school prepare to make a final stand against its closure, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said she will “look into” the case.

The decision to close the Lyndale School in Eastham will be examined today, Thursday by a panel of councillors.

A document signed by close to 30 councillors says the decision, made by Wirral’s ruling cabinet last month, is “fundamentally wrong” and should be reconsidered.

Wallasey Conservative Cllr Paul Hayes, who launched the “call-in” procedure, said he will do everything in his power to keep Lyndale open.

He said: “It beggars belief that they are willing to let Wirral lose such a fantastic school which cares for some of the borough’s most vulnerable children.

“I will continue to fight this closure and will use every available opportunity to urge the cabinet to think again.”

The closure of Lyndale has also attracted the attention of Education Secretary Nicky Morgan MP.

A spokesman for the Department for Education said: “The Secretary of State has asked to be kept informed about developments with this case.

“The decision to close this school has been taken by the local authority. Should it decide to go ahead with that closure, it has a statutory obligation to find suitable new places for the affected pupils.”

John Bell, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Wirral South met with Ms Morgan at the Conservative Conference in Birmingham.

He said: “I knew Nicky would be at the conference so I forwarded all the information I had on the Lyndale School including the school video and my submission to the consultation and requested a meeting. 

“Her response was immediate and we were able to discuss the gravity of the situation for the children, parents and staff involved.

“I know there are limits on how much a Minister can intervene in these matters but I am willing to explore every avenue in order to save this unique institution.”

Presenting the recommendation for closure at last month’s special cabinet meeting, Cllr Tony Smith – cabinet member for children and family services – said: “This has been a difficult decision to make, and we would like to affirm our continued intention to work positively with the families and the children affected, and reassure parents of our continued commitment to their child’s wellbeing and education.”

The closure of Lyndale will be discussed by Wirral Council’s co-ordinating committee at Wallasey Town Hall on Thursday.