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Newcastle City Academy

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of the deed of arrangement for Newcastle City academy; and whether the adjudicator has approved the next stages for the closure of Westgate college. (93939)

[holding answer 16 October 2006]: The schools adjudicator approved the closure of Westgate community college on 28 February 2006, subject to the making of a funding agreement to establish an academy and the granting of planning permission for an academy. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State entered into a funding agreement for the Excelsior academy, Newcastle on 1 August 2006 and planning permission has now been granted by the local authority. The academy will open in September 2008.

The funding agreement for the Excelsior academy, Newcastle is already publicly available on my Department’s website at www.dfes.gov.uk/foischeme under academy funding agreements.