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Hull's Endeavour High School fails to find academy sponsor

Endeavour High School
Endeavour High School has been placed in special measures three times

A failing secondary school could close because it has not found a sponsor to turn it into an academy.

Endeavour High School in Hull was put into special measures last year for the third time since it opened in 2001.

There are just over 500 pupils currently enrolled at the 1,200-capacity school and the figure is expected to drop in coming years.

Hull City Council's cabinet will decide on 14 October whether to hold a consultation into its possible closure.

The council had been working with the Department for Education and the school's interim executive board to try to find a suitable academy sponsor, but said "low current and projected pupil numbers" had made that difficult.

'Best interest of pupils'

The authority said the consultation, if approved, would "seek views on the closure of the school in 2015 and the transfer of current years 7, 8 and 9 to new schools for September 2014".

Vanessa Harvey Samuel, city manager for learning and skills, said she wanted to "reassure" those connected with the school that no final decision had been made.

"It is crucial that we gain the views of everyone with an interest in the school to enable us to develop proposals with the best interest of pupils at heart," she said.

A report produced by the local authority in March said the number of pupils at the school had declined "year on year" since it opened, and standards had always been low.

Last year just 19% of Endeavour's GCSE students achieved five A*-C grades including English and maths, compared to an average across Hull of 47.8%.

When the school was put in special measures last October, Ofsted said it suffered from "weak teaching", poorly planned lessons and poor attendance.

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