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Meeting over £25m Merseyside school's future

Christ the King Centre for Learning in Huyton
Image caption The secondary school opened in January 2009

The future of a £25m school which opened on Merseyside less than two years ago is to be discussed at a meeting later.

Christ the King Centre for Learning opened in Huyton in 2009 as part of the government's Building Schools For the Future scheme.

It was hailed as a new kind of school with open-plan classrooms and new ways of teaching.

Knowsley Council has said it may have to close due to surplus places.

The Labour-run authority said the joint Roman Catholic and Church of England school had 500 pupils but had 400 surplus places.

Christ The King replaced the St Edmund of Canterbury Secondary School and was billed as a centre which could be used by the whole community for learning, sport, cultural and leisure activities.

Damian Allen, Knowsley Council's executive director for children and family services, has previously said it was "an immensely tough decision for us to take" but was unavoidable.

The public meeting is due to be held at the school on Monday evening.

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