The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has published a decision on proposals by Plymouth City Council to close John Kitto Community College and Tamarside Community College on 31st August 2010, to enable replacement Academies to be established.
The adjudicator, Canon Richard Lindley, has approved the proposals, subject to agreements being signed for the establishment of the Academies by 15th April 2010. The adjudicator's view is that the proposed Academies, if approved, will contribute to raising educational standards and increasing opportunities in the areas of the two existing schools.
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Schools adjudicators are independent of the Government. They decide on school organisation issues, disputes on land transfer and assets and admission arrangements which cannot be resolved locally. They were appointed under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Their role is to look afresh at all cases referred to them, considering each case on its merits and taking account of the reasons for disagreement at local level in the light of the legislation and the guidance in the School Admissions Code.
Copies of the determination reached by the adjudicator can be obtained from the Office of the Schools Adjudicator. It can also be found on the Schools Adjudicator Website - www.schoolsadjudicator.gov.uk. Individual adjudicators are not in a position to comment on their decisions but, if clarification of those decisions is needed, enquiries can be addressed to: The Office of the Schools Adjudicator, Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington DL3 9BG
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