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Last Updated: Monday, 2 July 2007, 00:04 GMT 01:04 UK
School closure plan views sought
The Ridings School
The school became notorious in the 1990s when teachers walked out
A consultation process which could lead to the closure of a West Yorkshire school once dubbed Britain's worst, has been officially launched.

If the plans for The Ridings in Halifax go ahead, the school will close in August 2009, with no new pupils being admitted to Year 7 from September 2008.

Calderdale Council has arranged meetings with staff, parents and pupils and the community to discuss the plan.

A final decision on whether the school will close will be made in August.

Plan criticised

The Ridings, which has 400 pupils, gained notoriety in 1996 when staff walked out over pupil violence.

The National Union of Teachers has criticised the closure plan, saying the school had made progress since March when it was put into special measures for the second time.

But councillor Craig Whittaker said the consultation process gave parents the opportunity to make their views on the closure heard.

He said: "The authority is committed to ensuring that all children and young people in Calderdale are given the best possible opportunity to succeed.

"Children attending The Ridings are not receiving an adequate standard of education. It is for this reason that Cabinet voted to consult on the proposed closure."

The phased closure of the school would also mean pupils finishing Year 9 in July 2008 would transfer to other schools.

All pupils who remained in the school by July 2009 would be transferred elsewhere.

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