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County high school to close doors
A Lincolnshire secondary school is to close because of falling enrolment.

The Board of Governors at Lafford High School in Billinghay has decided the 250-pupil school, which has room for 400 pupils, is no longer viable.

A phased closure of the school will run to August 2010 with pupils moving to schools in Sleaford, Branston and Ruskington.

The number of surplus secondary school places in Lincolnshire is expected to rise to 10,000 over the next 10 years.

Ofsted praise

The high school, which has pupils aged 11-16 years old, was near the bottom of the county's school tables for GCSE results in 2006, but did have a good Ofsted report for its level of improvement.

Derek Daniels, chairman of the Lafford Governors, said the decision was difficult, but with only a handful of new pupils arriving at the school it was impossible to keep it open.

He said last year only 27 pupils started at the school and only a handful were expected to arrive next year.

Parent Scott Thornton said the closure of the school was "another nail in the coffin" for the village.

He said villagers want to stop the closure from happening, but added it might be difficult to change the decision.



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