THE education of children at a failing school has been decided.
Kirklees councillors spoke of their sadness yesterday as they voted on the future of pupils at RM Grylls Community Middle School in Hightown, Liversedge.
A report by Ofsted inspectors this year described the school’s teaching as inadequate and its cash situation as desperate.
As a result the school was placed in special measures, leading Kirklees’s Cabinet to decide in May to close it.
Parents were then asked whether they wanted their children to go to Spen Valley High School at Liversedge, West End Middle School in Cleckheaton or Whitcliffe Mount, also in Cleckheaton.
They unanimously endorsed the proposal to set up ‘a school within a school’ at Whitcliffe Mount from September.
Clr Jim Dodds, who is responsible for schools in Kirklees, recommended this plan to Cabinet colleagues yesterday.
He said: “It’s a sad day. I know how hard the staff and governors worked to save the school and it’s improved tremendously recently.
“Unfortunately we had to recommend closure in May because Ofsted now gives schools just a year to get out of special measures.”
The Cabinet’s member for finance, Clr David Hall, who also represents the Liversedge and Gomersal ward, supported the move.
He said: “There’s always a twinge of sadness when a school has to close. I’m sorry this is the only route left, but I’m pleased parents were unanimous in supporting the Whitcliffe Mount option.”
The Cabinet then voted in favour of the recommendation.