Today’s news on Plymouth Studio School is very concerning and many people across the city are asking serious questions about how a school, open for less than three years, could have been announced as closing so quickly.

Whatever the reasons, the priority now must be given to supporting children at the school. Many pupils will be about to face summer exams, or part way through a course which only the Studio School offers in the city.

Parents have pressing concerns about what happens next. The council must take all action needed to make sure parents and children get the information and support they need at a distressing time.

It is time to pull out all the stops to make sure that children affected get the quality of education they deserve. Children in Plymouth shouldn’t be the ones to suffer because of the failings of the Tory free school experiment.

>> Read Charlotte’s reaction in the Plymouth Herald