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SCHOOLS AXE PLAN BACKED.

Byline: JENNY WATSON

A PLAN to close 10 primary schools and one secondary in Knowsley has won councilapproval.

Five new primary schools and a joint Christian secondary school will open under the proposals which councillors agreed could pass to public consultation.

Knowsley's director of education Steve Munby told councillors the shake-up was a visionary strategy.

``Our young people deserve the best schooling we can provide. This is the next step to ensure the vision becomes a reality.''

More than 30 parents and pupils from New Hutte primary turned up to protest at merging their school with Roseheath primary.

Last March,an independent schools commission recommended closure of 23 primary schools and two secondary schools.

The education authority decided to reduce this to just 11 schools closing with six new schools opening.

But governors of New Hutte, in Halewood, have collected a petition of 500 signatures to retain primary schooling on the site.

Chairman of governors David Fitzgibbon said: ``We have concerns about pupils from the Torrington estate having to cross busy Higher Road to get to Roseheath.''

Council leader Ronnie Round said the plan would feed pounds 250minto schools.

Simonswood primary and Overdale primary in Kirkby will amalgamate and Cherryfield primary and Park Brow primary will either stay as separate schools, but work more closely together or amalgamate.

In Halewood, Mackets primary and Holy Family Catholic primary would merge and a joint Christian school open or Mackets would stay open and monitor Holy Family numbers.

In Huyton,St Edmund of Canterbury RC high would close and a new joint Christian school open in north Huyton and eight other schools amalgamate.

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