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Last Updated: Friday, 6 July 2007, 12:29 GMT 13:29 UK
All 17 city high schools may shut
The number of secondary schools in Stoke-on-Trent may go down to 12.

All 17 of its high schools could close and be replaced with a dozen new ones, the city council said.

Private firm Serco, which was brought in to run children's services in Stoke-on-Trent, has put together the plan on behalf of the authority.

The reorganisation proposals costing 200m, which will now go out to consultation, are not expected to lead to redundancies.

But most secondary teachers would have to re-apply for jobs.

The Labour elected mayor, Mark Meredith, said: "It means that every single child in Stoke-on-Trent in the future will get a chance of a first class education."

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