Wakeman School recommended for closure in 2013

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A Shropshire school has been recommended for closure, a week after it achieved its best GCSE results.

Plans to close the Wakeman School in Shrewsbury will go before Shropshire Council's cabinet, which will make the final decision, on 7 September.

Head teacher Karen Moore said the school would appeal and was considering academy status, which would remove it from local authority control.

In July Shropshire Council confirmed the closure of four primary schools.

The Wakeman was the only secondary school named on an original closure list released in February.

'Good school'

Ms Moore said she was saddened and "somewhat astounded" by the decision.

If approved by the council's cabinet group next week, the school would close in 2013.

"It's despite the evidence from Ofsted in March, confirmed by our excellent GCSE results this year, that the school is a good school, providing a good standard of education," Ms Moore said.

David Taylor, head of people services at Shropshire Council, said the school had "done a great job", but that its future was unsustainable, with only 240 pupils on roll from September.

Ms Moore said rumours over recent years regarding the school's future were to blame for falling pupil numbers.

The council said the closure would be phased over two years and parents would be offered help to place their children in another school.

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