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Wednesday, 10 July, 2002, 14:06 GMT 15:06 UK
Parents fight school closures
school playground
Pupils may have to change schools
Parents and pupils of five threatened schools are promising to fight on to save them.

The schools - Wiltshire's last remaining middle schools - are to be brought in line with other county schools, and operate under the two-tier primary and secondary system.

Duchy Manor, Wilton, Fisherton Manor, Nadder and Avon Middle schools are all facing the axe.

County education officials claim children from these schools are disadvantaged because they transfer to senior school part way through a key stage in the national curriculum.

'I feel angry'

Many parents have also expressed reservations about the proposed changes.

Parent Sue Langford said: "I have a daughter who has already gone through this system and done very well.

"I have a child who is in there at the moment and two children who are waiting to go to the first school.

Tom Slee
Head teacherTom Slee: "Devastated"

"I feel very angry that they'll not have the opportunity to come to the middle school."

Tom Slee, head teacher of Duchy Manor, said the stress of the proposed changes had contributed to his decison to take early retirement after 18 years at the school.

"I am absolutely devastated. I won't let my emotions come to the front, because it is too much for me," he said.

"My family could see what it was doing to me and they told me to get out, so I listened to them." The final decision is to be made in October, but council officials say they will press ahead with the plan.


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