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Ashton on Mersey school pupils' bus transfer plan scrapped

Ashton Mersey
Image caption Ashton on Mersey was rated Outstanding by Ofsted inspectors

School pupils in Trafford who were due to be bussed to a new school instead of the one they enrolled at have been told the plan has been axed.

The Dean Trust, which runs Ashton on Mersey School, originally said the special needs pupils could not attend because of limited resources.

But, Trafford Council reversed the plan and confirmed additional support will be available at the Sale school.

Parents had campaigned against the plans even threatening legal action.

The Dean Trust had wanted to send the pupils to Broadoak School in Partington, which is eight miles away.

Jill Colbert, Trafford Council's Interim Corporate Director for Children, Families and Well-Being, said: "The council is working closely with the trust and have recently had a very positive meeting to consider how best the trust can continue to provide for all children at its schools and the council has agreed to provide additional resources to facilitate this."

A statement from governors to parents said the council had recognised the pressures its popularity with parents of special needs children had placed on the school.

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