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Council plans to close failing Radcliffe primary school

Bury Council has announced a proposal to close a primary school in Radcliffe due to what it said were poor standards and inefficiencies.

It said St John's Church of England School was the worst in Bury and among the lowest performing nationally.

The council also said there was low demand for places at the school, with nearly 50% left unfilled.

The authority is proposing to expand neighbouring Chapelfield Primary School to take displaced pupils.

The plans would put in place a federation between the two schools until the next academic year, which the headteacher of Chapelfield will manage.

Chapelfield would expand to 420 places from September 2012, when St John's would be closed.

People can have their say on the plans until 15 April.

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