School fighting for its future

Deanes School in Essex is fighting for its future, as the local authority decides whether it can afford to keep it open.

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County council confirms plans to close Essex school

Essex County Council says it will go ahead with plans to close The Deanes School at Thundersley

Councillors have confirmed they are set to go ahead with plans to close an Essex school.

The county council today said it had decided to publish statutory notices proposing the closure of The Deanes School in Thundersley, near Southend.

It follows a consultation with pupils, parents, teachers, and community groups.

Councillor Ray Gooding, cabinet member for education and lifelong learning, said the decision was based on declining pupil numbers.

He added: “It was never going to be an easy decision to propose the closure of The Deanes School but in making my decision I needed to take emotions out of the equation and focus firmly on the facts and figures which ultimately I believe make the school unviable.

Last week, parents, pupils and teachers staged a protest outside the county council offices in an attempt to save the school.

  1. Serena Sandhu

Protest held ahead of school closure decision

Parents, pupils and teachers have staged a protest outside the offices of Essex County Council to try and save a school from closure.

The local authority is due to decide on Monday whether it can afford to keep open the Deanes School in Thundersley near Southend.

It's been threatened with closure because of falling admissions. But parents are worried that pupils' education will suffer if they're moved.

Click below to watch Serena Sandhu's report.

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Councillors meet to discuss school's future

Deanes School in Thundersley, near Southend.

Councillors in Essex will meet today to decide the future of a school threatened with closure.

Deanes School in Thundersley, near Southend, has struggled with falling pupil numbers and the local authority is not sure whether it can afford to keep it open.

Parents, unions and Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris plan to protest outside the county council as they continue to fight the proposed closure.

Parents and teachers fight to save school

A school in Essex is fighting for its future, as the local authority decides whether it can afford to keep it open. Deanes School near Southend has been threatened with closure because of falling admissions, despite getting a good rating from Ofsted.

Now parents and teachers are coming together to oppose the plans. They are afraid pupils' education will suffer if they are moved. Here's Serena Sandhu's report:

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