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Academies: Halifax

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether Peter Clarke played a role in the process by which the Ridings School in Halifax was considered for academy status; whether Peter Clarke is employed by his Department; and if he will make a statement. (206210)

The Ridings School has not been considered for academy status. A decision to close The Ridings School was made by Calderdale Council on 29 October 2007. I can confirm that Peter Clark is employed by the Department of Children, Schools and Families as a Senior Education Adviser.