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Views on academy plans welcomed

Pupils and parents who are unhappy with plans for a new academy school in Staffordshire are being encouraged to come up with alternative solutions.

Plans to merge eight schools into five academies in Stoke-on-Trent were revealed by the city council last year.

Proposals included closing Mitchell, Berry Hill and Edensor high schools and replacing them with a new academy at Park Hall.

The plans have faced opposition and the council said it welcomed new ideas.

'Reasonable alternatives'

More than 200 parents and pupils protested against the overall plans outside a Stoke-on-Trent City Council meeting last February.

A spokesman for the council said that the Park Hall site was still its preferred location to replace the three high schools.

He said: "We would always listen to reasonable alternatives, but any available sites will have their good and bad points.

"We will continue to work closely with the sponsors, predecessor schools and the community to finalise a site, with the Park Hall site as the leading one."

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