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School Closures (Sheffield)

Volume 22: debated on Monday 19 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what consideration he has now given to school closures in Sheffield; and what representations he has received since the deputation brought to him by the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam asking him to give special consideration to Clifford school, Nether Edge.

On 16 April my right hon. Friend informed the Sheffield education authority that he has rejected their proposals to cease to maintain Clifford Church of England (controlled) school. In reaching this decision he took account of all the circumstances of the case, including the views of objectors and representations by my hon. Friend and the deputation he brought to see me on 12 November 1981.My right hon. Friend has also recently approved proposals to cease to maintain: Crookesmoor county first school; St. Stephen's CE(c) J and I school; Stocksbridge CE(c) J and I school; St. Silas CE(c) J and I school; and Porter Croft county J and I school. He has approved proposals by the Sheffield diocesan education committee to establish an aided Church of England school for pupils aged 5 to 11 in the premises of the Porter Croft school. He has rejected proposals to cease to maintain Low Bradfield county junior school and to make a significant enlargement to the premises of Dungworth county J and I school.