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Tracy Mathewson plays a valid role in the performing arts department of St Marylebone CE School. Not only does she provide lighting and technical support for all Marylebone productions, she also takes a group of students up to the Edinburgh Fringe every year to perform and experience the amazing festival. However, due to budget cuts her role at the school has been made redundant and henceforth she will be deported due to the fact she has a working visa.

Tracy will have lived in the U.K. for 9 years in April, however due to the contract of her visa she is unable to stay up until a February. Tracy has established not only a life in this country but also a production company called Crowded Nest, which provides a creative outlet for teenagers but also a great amount of experience in its recurring productions at the Edinburgh Fringe. For Drama students, this is a fantastic time to learn about independence but also to gain an insight into different forms of theatre and the culture. Surely a role who provides such enrichment to students is not redundant in the eyes of education.

Tracy Mathewson is currently appealing the school's decision. The aim of this petition is to help St Marylebone CE School reconsider the decision and its negative expanse. Due to the removal of her role, students will not experience the enrichment of the festival but also her amazing help and support in the technical field for the likes of productions and a range of performing art subjects. Not only would the student body experience a great loss, Tracy would lose a life that she has built for herself and she is undeserving of this.

The hereby undersigned agree that the dismissal of Tracy Mathewson as the Theatre Technician of St Marylebone School would be unfair, unjust, unnecessary, and result in a vital loss to the school’s credible and illustrious performing arts department:

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