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Adjudicator overturns decision to close school

The Deans School in Thundersley. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The schools adjudicator has overturned a decision to close a school in Essex.

The county council had agreed to close the Deanes School, in Thundersley, near Southend, over concerns about falling pupil numbers - despite protests from parents, pupils and teachers.

The school's governing body appealed against the decision and today schools adjudicator David Lennard Jones upheld that appeal.

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.