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School’s out for good at Skerton

Headteacher of Skerton High, Chris Snell, will be closing the doors for good on Friday.

Headteacher of Skerton High, Chris Snell, will be closing the doors for good on Friday.

Students streamed through the doors at Skerton High for the last time this week, with the school closing for good on Friday.

The school shuts after a decision by county councillors earlier this year, based on low grades and falling roll numbers, and the decision marked the end of a long period of consultation and discussion with the local community, many of whom wanted the school to stay open.

Cabinet member for children, young people and schools, County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, said at the time: “We cannot justify keeping open a school where students’ results are the worst in the country, and the school is in the bottom 10 per cent for helping students to improve.

“Many students are struggling when they start at Skerton and they are still struggling when they leave.

“The sad but undeniable fact is that if we did not close Skerton, the Department for Education would almost certainly compel us to do so.”

From September the school will remain home to 22 Year 11 pupils, who were allowed to continue their GCSE studies on the premises.

Most students had already left to join other schools around the district, particularly Our Lady’s Catholic College, Central Lancaster High School and Morecambe High.

 

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