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Thursday, 28 November, 2002, 15:48 GMT
Parents to fight school closure plans
Pupils at Shakespeare Primary School
Shakespeare Primary school is earmarked for closure
The future of 18 schools in Leeds is top of the agenda at a public meeting called amid fears that some of the city's most deprived areas could lose out.

Education Leeds, which runs schools in the city, wants to close, merge or relocate the schools to cut surplus places and widen secondary provision.

But the Campaign for State Education (Leeds CASE) is against the proposals, arguing they will lead to the closure of too many schools.

Leeds CASE spokesman Dave Roberts told BBC News Online: "There are a lot of school closures and mergers taking place and we want to bring parents together rather than them fighting their own corner."

Public consultation

The plans will affect Agnes Stewart, Carr Manor, Braim Wood Boys, City of Leeds, Matthew Murray, Merlyn Rees and Primrose high schools.

Education Leeds says the idea is to improve secondary education by widening the traditional curriculum through school partnerships.

Public consultation on these proposals runs until Friday 20 December.

The primary schools in the review are: Ebor Gardens, Shakespeare, Garforth Barleyhill Infant, West Garforth Junior, Miles Hill, Bentley, Potternewton, Methley Infant, Methley Junior, Aireview, Rodley Village, Yeadon South View Infants and Yeadon South View Juniors.

Formal public consulatation has not yet begun.

Closure predictions

Education Leeds, a company owned by Leeds City Council, has been running school services since April 2001.

Mr Roberts added: "When Education Leeds took over we predicted there would be a donut effect with inner city schools closed in favour of those on the outside of the city.

"These closures are taking place in areas of extreme deprivation.

"The schools form the heart of the community."

The meeting takes place at 1930 GMT at the Golden Lion Hotel, Lower Briggate, Leeds.


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