Lincolnshire

St Bede's closure plan 'still being discussed'

The final decision on the future of a Lincolnshire secondary school will be made in June, officials have said.

St Bede's Catholic Science College in Boston is one of the smallest in the county and has struggled with poor exam results.

The county council is looking at closing it and expanding the Haven High Technology College on to the site.

But a public meeting this week was assured the authority was still considering all options.

In August 2008, St Bede's was the second lowest performing school in England under the 5 A*-C including English and maths measure.

It was designated a National Challenge School.

Despite improved results, significant central government support will be withdrawn this year.

Officials believe the size of the school, which has about 340 pupils, makes it difficult to attract investment.

Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children's services, will make a recommendation in March, with the council cabinet voting in June.

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