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Wayne Rooney’s mum bids to save his old school threatened with closure


Wayne Rooney’s mum said yesterday it would be “tragic” to shut the school where she has worked for 24 years and doing so would rip the heart out of the local community.

Jeanette Rooney, 54, is a dinner lady at De La Salle Academy, where Wayne and his two brothers were taught.

But the all boys Catholic school in Liverpool, which has 347 pupils, has been issued with a termination warning notice after two consecutive inadequate Ofsted inspections.

The closure threat emerged when her England legend son revealed Jeanette’s job is at risk as he spoke of the financial crisis faced by his current club, Derby.

Wayne and his two brothers went to the school

“My mum does not know if she is going to have a job at the end of this,” the 35-year-old said. Jeanette is determined to fight for the institution, which she says has been a “massive part” of countless people’s lives down the years.

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And she told the Mirror that shutting it would have a devastating effect on parents and kids in the Croxteth area.

She said: “I have worked here for nearly 25 years, one lady I work with has been here a year longer than me.

“We are here as we love this school. The boys are just brilliant. They are so polite and well-mannered.

“I have loved serving them dinner and seeing them grow up – so many of them have gone on to do really well for themselves.

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Jeanette worked at the school for the last 25 years
Liverpool Echo)

“I am just so sad that the school might be closing. This community needs this school. It has been a massive part of so many lives – it would be tragic if they got rid of it.” Jeanette said that all three of her sons had enjoyed their time there and had turned out well.

Along with Wayne, the school also counts actor David Morrissey among its more famous former pupils.

Following the termination warning school bosses have sent a response to the Regional Schools Commissioner, setting out why it has a future. A petition has been put up on change.org opposing any potential closure.

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Meanwhile, Derby has filed a notice to appoint administrators, which owner Mel Morris said was “gut-wrenching”.

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