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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 January 2007, 10:10 GMT
Academy plan for failing school
Kingsmead School, Cheltenham
Kingsmead School was in special measures and had falling numbers
A failing school in Cheltenham could close to make way for a new academy.

Kingsmead School has been in special measures for two years and has also had falling pupil numbers.

Discussions have been taking place between Gloucestershire County Council, the Diocese of Clifton and the Diocese of Gloucester about having an academy.

The academy would also incorporate the new joint faith Christ College, due to open at the site of St Benedict's Catholic School in September.

It would admit 180 pupils aged between 11 and 18 in 2010.

'Exciting proposal'

Councillor Joan Nash, Cabinet Member for Schools, said: "The county council has always been committed to keeping a secondary school on the Kingsmead site.

"We are pleased to be working with the dioceses to provide a brand new school.

"Discussions about this exciting proposal are still at an early stage and we will be listening to people's opinions."

Staff, governors, parents and pupils at both schools have been informed and will be given the opportunity to express their views.

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