Consultation over Lincolnshire academy plans

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Public meetings are being held over plans to replace two Lincolnshire schools with an academy.

Under the proposals, George Farmer Technology and Language College in Holbeach and St Guthlac School in Crowland will close on 31 August.

The county council and Lincoln University - the project's lead sponsor - are consulting on the scheme.

A meeting is being held at St Guthlac on 16 February and at George Farmer College the following day.

Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children's services, said: "Both schools have been working together for a number of years which led to the two schools becoming federated in September 2007.

"The schools have worked hard to raise standards and progress has been evident. Governors have now made the decision that the formation of an academy is the next logical step and the county council supports that proposal."

The Conservative-led authority is expected to make a final decision in July.

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