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Schools consider merger proposal

Education officials are looking at the possibility of merging two Lincolnshire schools and creating a new academy.

The Central Technology and Sports College and the Church High School in Grantham would merge under the new proposal, officials said.

Lincolnshire County Council and the governors of both schools have said the move would benefit pupils.

Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said the merger would bring better facilities to the schools.

Councillor Hill said: "This is a massive opportunity to bring major new resources into Lincolnshire and for the benefit of the young people of Grantham.

"I am delighted both governing bodies have embraced the chance to move this forward."

Academies are independent state schools which are non-fee charging and non-selective, but which have outside partners and greater autonomy.

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