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School closure plans look set to go ahead
Plans to close a Coseley school because of falling pupil numbers and exam results are set to be agreed next week.
The Coseley School will undergo a phased closure over the next 12 months if plans due to go before Dudley Council’s cabinet next week are accepted.
In September 2016 the school had just over 520 pupils - half of its 975 capacity, and last year’s GCSE results placed it bottom of all borough secondary schools for five A*-C GCSEs including English and maths.
Cabinet agreed a consultation exercise in January this year which more than 200 people responded to by completing the online questionnaire, with a further 58 people writing directly to the council in addition to the questionnaire responses. Of those completing the questionnaire sixty eight per cent of people said the reasons for closing the school were clear while sixty two per cent supported the council’s promise to make arrangements for children to travel to alternative schools. Eighty four per cent of people responding to the consultation by questionnaire did not support the closure of the school despite the low pupil numbers, poor exam results and financial difficulties.
Miss Black Country - Annabelle Going for Title
Miss Black Country Finalist 2016 - Annabelle Rose Pritchard is hoping to take the Miss Black Country Title this year and helping her is local business Vintage Vanity.
Annabelle wrote to us asking to help. Here's her story about Miss Black Country leading hopefully to Miss England!