Wednesday, January 13, 1999 Published at 08:21 GMT
Mixed reaction to school closure
Hull education authority is also under inspection
Parents and pupils at a secondary school in Hull judged to have been "failing" by inspectors have welcomed the decision to close it down.
The Chair of the school's governors, Peter Badger, said he was disappointed because real improvements had been made this academic year.
"What I do suggest is that the trendline is now moving in a direction and at a pace which I believe would give us sufficient progress to, let's say, Easter we could have seen then clearly there were real improvements."
The school, on the city's Bransholme Estate, has one of the highest truancy rates in the country, at up to 25%, and one of the lowest GCSE pass rates.
Last year only 6% of its pupils achieved at least five or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C - although two of Hull's 15 other secondary schools did even worse.
It has been deemed a "failing" school by the schools inspectors, Ofsted, for more than two years.
The decision has been met with anger by teaching unions who say the school, in a deprived area, could have been given more of a chance. Officials complain of an "anti-education culture" among a minority of pupils, who must be made to feel part of the process of change.
The move comes as Hull's education authority itself undergoes an Ofsted inspection.