I was saddened to hear that Greenacres school had been severely damaged by fire.
The local paper carried an emotive photograph of the school's headteacher to promote the appeal set up to help pay the cost of repair.
It was this blatant propaganda that encouraged me to investigate further. I was outraged at the results of my investigation. Greenacres opted out some months ago, yet now is appealing to foot the bill for damage.
It is not so much the fact that the residents of Greenacres' surrounding area are among the poorest in Shrewsbury, but the immorality on the part of the school which, when it opted out, deprived other schools left within the authority of funding.
It would seem that all those involved in the running of Greenacres school are having their cake and eating it by staging an appeal. The only feasible scenario in which an appeal of this nature would be required is if the school wasn't covered by insurance, which in itself would only go to highlight opting out as the hare-brained scheme that it is.
TIM HEDGER 92 Lyth Hill Road Bayston Hill Shrewsbury