A Cheltenham school which has been in special measures since 2004 will not be accepting any new pupils for the next educational year.
Kingsmead School has suffered from a poor reputation and highly critical Ofsted reports.
Gloucestershire County Council has taken the decision on the recommendation of the Department for Education and Skills.
Just 12 families selected the school as their first choice for September 2007.
The last headteacher stepped down towards the end of 2006. Since then an executive headteacher has been brought in to improve the outlook of the school.
In January it was announced that the school would close and be amalgamated with St Benedicts.
Plans for the new Academy on the Kingsmead site, which is scheduled to open in 2010, are said to be progressing well.