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Huyton school closure plan sparks parent protest

Christ The King protest march
Image caption The school only opened four years ago

Plans to close a £24m school, just four years after it was built, have sparked protests by parents and pupils.

Christ the King Centre for Learning, in Huyton, Merseyside, opened under the government's Building Schools for the Future scheme.

Knowsley Council abandoned a plan to shut the school two years ago when it had 400 surplus places, but intends to close it in the summer.

The school has also been in special measures.

"If this school goes we've got nothing in the area. We're planning to delay the closing process so we can seek sponsorship," said Will McGookin, vice-chair of the community action group set up to save the school.

More than 1,000 signatures have been collected by campaigners.

Ofsted recommended lifting the special measures in March.

It was hailed as a new kind of school with open-plan classrooms and new teaching methods when it was founded in 2009.

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.

Knowsley Council said opponents to the closure would still be able to make objections during the six-week statutory representation period now under way.

The council stressed that places had been made available at other schools should it close.

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