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COUNCIL'S PLAN TO CLOSE MIDDLE SCHOOL REJECTED

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The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has published a decision on a proposal by Kirklees Metropolitan Council to di...
The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has published a decision on a proposal by Kirklees Metropolitan Council to discontinue RM Grylls Middle School from 31 August 2006 and enlarge West End Middle School from September 2006.

The adjudicator, Elizabeth Passmore looked at all the evidence afresh, visited both schools and held a public meeting at RM Grylls School. She concluded that there were reasons for both supporting and rejecting the proposal.

Overall, in view of the fact that there is shortly to be a review of the three-tier school system in the area and the shortage of details of the implementation of the proposal, she had not been convinced that the immediate closure of RM Grylls School is the only way forward to manage the financial and curricular issues facing the school. She therefore rejected the proposal.

Statement from Jim Dodds, Kirklees cabinet member for children's services on RM Grylls:

'The new cabinet welcomes the decision which confirms the future of the school and the education of local children. That decision has taken into account the issues and views of everyone concerned.

'The cabinet will need to look at the practical implications of this decision for the school and the wider pyramid of schools in the area and this will be the subject of an early report.'

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Schools adjudicators are independent of the government. They decide on school organisation issues and admission arrangements which cannot be resolved locally. They were appointed under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Their role is to look afresh at all cases referred to them, considering each case on its merits and taking account of the reasons for disagreement at local level in the light of the legislation and the guidance in the Code of Practice on Schools Admissions.

Copies of the determination reached by the adjudicator can be found on the Schools Adjudicator Website - www.schoolsadjudicator.gov.uk. Individual adjudicators are not in a position to comment on their decisions but, if clarification of those decisions is needed, enquiries can be addressed to: The Office of the Schools Adjudicator, Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington DL3 9BG

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