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Decision to shut 'failing' school
A final decision has been made to close a "failing" school in Cambridgeshire.

The Queen's School in Wisbech, which was put into special measures following an inspection by education watchdog Ofsted last year, will close in August.

The Cambs School Organisation Committee made the decision and a new school will open in the same building in September.

The new school will be established by Cambridgeshire County Council and the College of West Anglia under the Government's Fresh Start scheme.

A council spokesman said the school will cater for 1,500 boys and girls aged 11 to 16 years and will be situated in the same buildings and on the same site as the current school on Corporation Road in Wisbech.

'Best interests of child'

He said Fresh Start helps schools in difficulty establish themselves in their communities to "embed good practice during their early years and become successful schools".

Jill Tuck, chairman of the school's Interim Executive Board, said: "The aim behind our proposals is to ensure the continuing presence of all-through maintained secondary education within Wisbech.

"The curriculum will follow current guidance to promote citizenship and personal, health and social education.

"Most importantly, the changes we are making will be in the best interests of the children and the community and give pupils the high standards of education they expect and deserve."

In March last year it was revealed that Stephen McKenna had resigned as head teacher at the Queen's School after an Ofsted report judged the school to be "failing".

The school was put into special measures because it was failing to give pupils an acceptable education, Ofsted said.

A new head teacher will soon be appointed a council spokesman said.

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