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States votes to keep schools open

St Sampson's Infants School
The Education Department had recommended closing St Sampson's

Guernsey States has voted by the closest of margins not to close one of the island's infant schools.

States members voted by 24 votes to 23 against the proposed closure of St Sampson's School.

The future of St Andrew's School was also assured following a separate States vote.

The Education Department had wanted St Sampson's to close and St Andrew's to remain open in order to save about 250,000 a year.

Christine Guilbert, chair of St Sampson's Parent Teacher Association, which had been been campaigning to keep the school open, said: "I am in a state of shock but I am absolutely delighted.

"It's only one vote but that's all that matters, that's all that counts.

"I'm so delighted that States members can see the importance of the education that St Sampson's school children are getting."

The States debate took seven hours and included about 33 speeches for and against the proposed closure.

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