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Campaigners welcome Eskdale School reprieve

Campaigners who have fought against plans to close Eskdale School in Whitby have welcomed the "fantastic news" that North Yorkshire County Council will suspend its decision-making on the school's future.

Parents, teachers, and current and former pupils were among thousands to have opposed the closure of Eskdale School.

It is fantastic news that North Yorkshire County Council have decision to suspend decision-making and look at other options.

I am overwhelmed by the amount of support for Eskdale School: over 5,200 people signed the petition, over 120,000 have watched Alistair Griffin's music video, hundreds turned out at the protest and consultation evenings - and the vast majority of consultation responses were against the proposals.

We understand there may be more fights to come - but we are ready for them, to save our school.

– Louise Cornforth, Save Eskdale campaigner

Controversial plans to close Whitby school put on hold

Controversial plans to close North Yorkshire's last remaining middle school have been put on hold.

North Yorkshire County Council has announced today that it has suspended decision-making on its proposal to close Eskdale School in Whitby, due to the government's expectations that all schools should become academies.

Eskdale School has 450 pupils, aged 11 to 14.

Eskdale could have been shut as early as this summer and amalgamated with Caedmon College in the town, under council plans aimed at improving standards.

Parents, pupils and teachers have fought the proposals, with more than 1,000 objecting in the council's public consultation.

A final decision on the school's future was due in June - but that has now been pushed back significantly.

What we are now proposing is a pause for further consideration of how the Government's stated ambitions might come about in Whitby whilst also addressing the very serious concerns that we have expressed as a local authority.

The consultation process has generated considerable interest and strong contributions but the challenges and our concerns about the entire secondary system in Whitby have not gone away.

This strategic pause must now be used well to enable key leaders of the local schools, academy sponsors, the Regional Schools Commissioner and the local authority to explore all options which address the real risks to quality secondary provision in the town.

– Cllr Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Schools

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