Gloucestershire school 'devastated' at closure move

Vale of Berkeley College
Image caption A campaign was started to keep the school open as a co-operative trust

Parents and teachers of pupils at Vale of Berkeley College in Gloucestershire say they are devastated to have lost the fight to save it from closure.

A campaign to keep the school open as a co-operative trust began last year after it was rec ommended for closure.

But the county council said pupil numbers were too low for it to be cost-effective.

Headteacher Nicola Ross said pupils were "shocked and stunned" by the news.

Parent Claire Peppard said: "We were devastated. That's the reaction of the whole community.

"The children are going to lose all their friendships and have to settle again."

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