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Future of primary schools decided

Two Bristol primary schools are to close and one has been temporarily saved after a meeting of councillors.

It was confirmed that St Pius X Catholic School in Withywood and Stockwood Green would shut in 2010.

But St George's Church of England, Brandon Hill, was given a "stay of execution" with re-evaluation of the area planned for 2013.

The three schools were earmarked for closure as part of a 46m plan to transform education in the city.

Councillor Peter Hammond (Lab) of Bristol City Council told BBC News: "We reviewed the situation with regard to the three schools and came to the conclusion that the issues around surplus places with Stockwood Green and St Pius really do need to be addressed.

"One of the key issues that we identified was this issue around surplus places. One of the schools in particular had 25% of empty desks."

Councillor Richard Eddy, Conservative leader, said: "It is devastating news for St Pius and Stockwood Green. I think it's not a reprieve, it's a stay of execution for St George, albeit a welcome one.

"The last thing any of the schools require now is further long delay."

Mr Eddy said the Conservative group would now be seeking a vote of no confidence in the Labour administration "over a series of wrong decisions".



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