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Two high schools set for closure

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The two high schools will formally close in August

Two secondary schools in Ellesmere Port are due to close and be replaced with a new academy.

Cheshire West and Chester Council opted to axe Cheshire Oaks High School and Ellesmere Port School of Performing Arts at a meeting on Wednesday night.

Both sites will amalgamate into the new academy on 31 August and cease to operate as separate schools. A new building will be constructed by 2011.

Cllr Arthur Harada said it was a "massive opportunity" for the town.

The new academy will specialise in maths, sports and performing arts.

Mr Harada, the council's executive member for children's services, added the project would "benefit children and young people for generations to come."

All current pupils at the two schools will automatically transfer to the academy when the new academic year begins in September.

The academy's three sponsors, University of Chester, the Church of England Diocese and the council, said they are pledging to make it a success.

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