PIERS Morgan has added his support to a campaign to save his former primary school from closure.

The Good Morning Britain presenter spent several minutes discussing the fight for Fletching Village School on air yesterday morning.

The former newspaper editor’s comments came following a public meeting in the school hall.

More than 100 people attended on Monday evening to discuss East Sussex County Council’s plans for closure.

Jenny Barnard-Langston, chairwoman of the governors, said: “The reason Piers Morgan has intervened is obviously because he went to the school.

“He used to live in the village and his parents ran the pub.

“So when he heard that the school was under threat he was obviously concerned and raised it on GMB.

“The most important thing is that the school is so much the heart of the community. We know the difficulties of small school funding because of the Government’s funding formula, but to lose the school will take so much from the community.

“This is something we need to do on behalf of the children. We are trying to absolutely be clear that we are going to save the school.”

“We are still business as usual.”

The county council plans could mean the closure of both Fletching and Broad Oak Community Primary near Heathfield.

They could be shut by the end of next year.

Broad Oak has 81 pupils, with a capacity of 140, and council chiefs say more than two thirds of pupils are from outside the area.

Meanwhile Fletching has 71 pupils, with a capacity of 105, and again, chiefs say a majority live outside the area.

The council’s children’s services director Stuart Gallimore said: “I understand the enormity of these proposals for pupils and their parents, school staff and communities.

“But doing nothing will not alleviate the problems these schools face and could lead to more widespread uncertainty and difficulties for other schools.”

The proposals will be discussed by the council at a meeting on Monday when the lead member for education Bob Standing will be asked to approve the plans.

There will then be a public consultation from July 5 to September 27. For more information about the campaign to save the school visit www.savefletchingschool.co.uk.