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New academy for Middlesbrough

The government has given the go-ahead to merge two schools and form a new academy in Middlesbrough.

Hillsview Academy will be built on a £3 million extension at the existing Gillbrook site in the South Bank area of the town.

It will replace the Gillbrook and Eston Park Academies.

The aim is to create a state-of-the-art education facility and address some of the challenges the two struggling academies have faced.

Work is expected to start in July and be completed by Easter 2015.

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Plans for North Tyneside academy up for discussion

A school that will be the first of its kind in the country is set to open on North Tyneside this September.

King's School and the Priory Primary School will become a Woodard Academies school - combining an independent school with a state primary school.

The new principal David Dawes told ITV News that the move is a boost for local education.

However, many councillors - like Ian Grayson - fear it will affect other schools in the area.

North Tyneside Council to meet over controversial academy plans

Councillors in North Tyneside are to hold a special meeting next week over concerns about a Government decision to approve a new Academy school in the borough.

It is the first time in the country that an independent school has joined with a state primary school to form a new academy.

King's School and the Priory Primary School will become a Woodard Academies school when they re-open in September.

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