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Exeter private school to shut

One of Exeter's private schools is to close at the end of the academic year.

Governors at St Margaret’s School in Exeter took the decision after it became clear that projected attendance figures for 2013-14 meant the school was no longer financially viable.

All teaching staff will stay until August.

A three year plan was put in place with a view to steering the school to profitability, but after the entrance examination, it became clear that this was not achievable.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Acting Head Lee Bergin and all our teaching and support staff for their hard work.

Our pupils remain our utmost concern during this difficult time. Everything possible will be done to minimise disruption and ensure they continue to receive the same high standards of educational and emotional support that St Margaret’s has always provided for the remainder of the academic year.

– William Long, Chairman of Governors at St Margaret’s School

Head of Isles of Scilly school resigns

Bryce Wilby has stepped down as head of Five Islands School Credit: ITV Westcountry

The head of the new 15 million pound school on the Isles of Scilly has resigned.

It comes on the day the Five Islands School is due to be officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.

The head, Bryce Wilby, was suspended in May over claims of financial irregularities.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are due to open Five Islands School today Credit: ITV Westcountry

The school is the biggest building project ever undertaken on the islands. It has 250 pupils, providing primary and secondary education on the main island of St Mary's.


Call for school to go to community group

St Michael's at Tawstock near Barnstaple went bust over the Christmas holidays. Credit: ITV Westcountry

North Devon MP Nick Harvey is calling on The Royal Bank of Scotland to sell a failed private school to a community group rather than the highest bidder. Parents and former pupils have managed to re-open the nursery and are raising money to buy the whole site.