Closure-threat Middlesbrough Catholic school stays open

Plans to close a Teesside Catholic School and expand another have been scrapped due to a lack of funding.

St Peter's Catholic College of Maths and Computing at South Bank, Middlesbrough, was due to shut as part of a modernisation scheme.

Pupils were to transfer to Sacred Heart in Redcar, which was to be expanded.

But Redcar and Cleveland Council has now shelved the plans after the Government scrapped its Building Schools for the Future project.

A council statement said: "There has clearly been a change of circumstances in that the cancellation of the schools programme has removed the funding for the planned £2m expansion of Sacred Heart.

"If the school cannot be expanded there will be insufficient denominational places for Catholic pupils displaced from St Peter's and a key criterion for allowing its closure will no longer be met."

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