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Three school closures recommended

Central Technology College classroom
Senior staff at Central Technology College have welcomed the plans

Three Gloucestershire secondary schools could be closed within a year, if a government report is adopted.

The review suggests that Bishops College and Central Technology College, both in Gloucester, should be closed and replaced by a new academy.

The 300-pupil Vale of Berkeley College, in the village of Wanswell, would also be closed permanently and its pupils transferred to nearby schools.

Gloucestershire County Council has a month to consider the proposals.

We're not going to go gentle into that good night
Head of Vale of Berkeley College, Aidan Farrell

The study was carried out by Graham Badman, the former managing director of children, families and education at Kent County Council, on behalf of Schools Secretary Ed Balls.

Officials at Bishops College and Central Technology College have backed the creation of a new academy.

But the head teacher of Vale of Berkeley College, Aidan Farrell, said: "We're very, very disappointed - mainly for the kids, parents and staff.

"I know it costs a lot per pupil, but I know a lot of pupils here would find it difficult to be successful elsewhere.

"There's going to be a fight on, I tell you. We're not going to go gentle into that good night."



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