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NEWCASTLE FIRST NORTH COUNCIL TO SHUT DOWN SCHOOL

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Newcastle City Council's education committee last night agreed to shut a secondary school which, according to The J...
Newcastle City Council's education committee last night agreed to shut a secondary school which, according to The Journal (p1), faces a 'damning' report by inspectors over truancy levels and exam results.

If the council's plan is accepted by education secretary Gillian Shephard, the 563 pupils at Blakelaw comprehensive will be moved elsewhere and the school closed by September next year.

The paper says this is the first time a local education authority in the North has moved to shut down one of its secondary schools because of poor standards.

The move should avoid the prospect of the education secretary ordering an outside body to take control of Blakelaw.
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