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Kent special measures school to close

A secondary school which was placed into special measures a year ago is to be shut down.

Kent County Council announced the closure of The Chaucer School in Canterbury following days of speculation over its future.

Pupil Rebecca Bullen said the news came as a shock and parent Richard Davis said he felt let down, while independent education advisor Peter Read said the move was "unprecedented".

Another parent, Russel O'Connor, said he was extremely angry. His son, Matthew O'Connor, said he really did not want to move schools.

Kent county councillor Roger Gough said: "There is a point when you head into what's almost a spiral of decline." He said Swale Academies Trust had been doing a good job trying to turn the school around, but they came into it too late.

  • 25 Feb 2014
  • From the section England
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