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PUPIL FIGHTS TO KEEP FAILING SCHOOL OPEN

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A pupil at a secondary school dubbed the worst in Britain is mounting a legal challenge to plans to close it, the T...
A pupil at a secondary school dubbed the worst in Britain is mounting a legal challenge to plans to close it, the Times reports (p8).

Middleton Park High in Leeds came bottom of this year's national league tables of GCSE results after none of its students passed five or more subjects at Grade C or above.

In October Leeds City Council announced the school would close and, after two months of consultation, its education committee meets today on whether to ask David Blunkett, Education Secretary, to go ahead with closure.

Yesterday lawyers acting for one pupil and her parents obtained legal aid to mount a High Court challenge to the decision. Parents believed Middleton was a good school, which had simply suffered a high turnover of head teachers.
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