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More playing field sell-offs

Education officials tonight admitted the number of school playing field sell-offs has increased again. Earlier it emerged that Education Secretary Michael Gove overruled independent advice not to allow the sale of the playing fields.

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  • The overruled decisions related to Woodhouse Middle School in Staffordshire, Clarborough Primary School in Nottinghamshire.
  • Other schools include Elliott School in Wandsworth, south-west London, and Ingleton Middle School in North Yorkshire.
  • A fifth decision to approve a sale at Netley Primary School in Camden, north London, was approved by ministers despite the application being withdrawn after the initial reports from the independent panel indicated the bid would be rejected unanimously.
  • Four of the schools are still operating, apart from Ingleton Middle School, which closed in July

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