COUNCILLORS have decided to close an embattled school.
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet sealed the fate of RM Grylls Community Middle School yesterday .
In February 2007, Ofsted inspectors said the Liversedge school was failing to provide an adequate standard of education and was unviable because of the low number of pupils.
Kirklees officers have been consulting parents, staff and governors on the future of the school since May, 2007.
The Cabinet decided yesterday that RM Grylls will close in August.
Children will be transferred to Whitcliffe Mount Specialist Business and Enterprise College.
Cabinet member Clr Margaret Bates, who represents Liversedge, spoke of her regret.
She said: “It’s a very sad day for us all when any school has to close but there has been uncertainty around Grylls for two to four years.
“There will be some relief from those involved that the decision has been made. Children, parents and staff can now move forward.”
Clr Bates paid tribute to everyone involved with the school.
She said: “I would like to thank the children who wanted their school to continue and made their voices heard. I’d also like to thank the parents and teachers.
“It’s been a tremendous school in the past but try as we might it was impossible to keep it open.”