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Motion over education proposals

A motion calling for more discussion about plans to reorganise secondary schools in Stoke-on-Trent will be put forward by a councillor.

Plans included cutting the number of high schools from 17 to 13 with eight schools merging into five academies.

Peter Kent-Baguley, from the Potteries Alliance, who called for plans to be changed, will seek council support to set up a group to look at the issues.

He will put forward the motion at a full city council meeting on Thursday.

Mr Kent-Baguley said he wanted a group to be set up to talk to parents, teachers, governors and councillors to "get a better understanding of what's involved".

He said he was concerned about plans for Trentham and Blurton high schools to close and become one academy, pointing out Trentham was the "highest performing non-faith school" in the city.

The councillor said he also questioned proposals for Mitchell, Berry Hill, Longton and Edensor to close and become an academy at Park Hall.

He said the communities relating to Mitchell and Berry Hill wanted one school in that area.

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