Manchester

Independent Altrincham girls school to close

An independent school for girls in Greater Manchester is to close in July after a rescue deal failed to meet Charity Commission guidelines.

Culcheth Hall School in Altrincham announced in April that it may have to close after 120 years because of decreasing pupil numbers.

But parents hoped that a proposed partnership with nearby Altrincham Preparatory School could save it.

Governors said they could not approve the plans on legal grounds.

A statement by the parents' steering group posted on Facebook said: "We have been unable to satisfy the stringent legal requirements of The Charities Commission, which the governors have received legal advice on.

"We understand there is an unprecedented depth of feeling for the school and we are immensely sorry that we have not been able to deliver the solution we had all hoped for.

"It only remains now for us to wish you the best in your decisions for your daughters' future education."

Culcheth Hall School on Ashley Road has 200 pupils ranging in ages from three to 16.

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