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Councillors vote to press ahead with plans to close Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield

Councillors voted in favour of closing Almondbury Community School's secondary provision at a packed meeting in Huddersfield's town hall - despite the pleas from some of its pupils.

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The proposals to close it came soon after it made headlines - when a video of alleged bullying involving pupils was widely shared online.

Kirklees council has consulted parents but says the school which was rated inadequate last year is under subscribed.

The plan is to keep the primary school part and to send around 300 secondary pupils elsewhere.

The council will now make its plans public and consider any more objections.

Parents say they'll continue to fight the proposals.

Councillor Masood Ahmed, Cabinet member for Learning and Aspiration said:

The decision taken today has not been taken lightly. It has been made so that we can deliver a first-class education for our young people. "We have taken into account the views of the community but, unfortunately, we need to face the fact that Almondbury Community School as a going concern needs to change. "It is not financially viable, nor does it have the pupil numbers, to improve on the Ofsted report which rated it as inadequate. "We believe that the way for the school to improve is through the proposals discussed at Cabinet today. "We want to assure parents that if the proposals are agreed, following the issuing of legal notices and further consultation, then any transitions of pupils to other schools will receive full support to minimise the impact. "We want to thank all who have shown their passion and commitment for the school and we hope they will work with us as we move through the next stage of this process. "Our priority is to ensure our young people receive the best start they can in life."

– Cllr Masood Ahmed