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The UK has voted to leave the EU - a process that has come to be known as Brexit. Here is what is likely to happen next.
At exactly 06:00 BST it was confirmed that the UK had voted to leave the European Union. The first thing to stress is that the UK will not leave immediately. The UK will still be a member of the European Union at this stage. The process of leaving will begin, however.Read more ...
School closure plans look set to go ahead
Plans to close a Coseley school because of falling pupil numbers and exam results are set to be agreed next week.
The Coseley School will undergo a phased closure over the next 12 months if plans due to go before Dudley Council’s cabinet next week are accepted.
In September 2016 the school had just over 520 pupils - half of its 975 capacity, and last year’s GCSE results placed it bottom of all borough secondary schools for five A*-C GCSEs including English and maths.
Cabinet agreed a consultation exercise in January this year which more than 200 people responded to by completing the online questionnaire, with a further 58 people writing directly to the council in addition to the questionnaire responses. Of those completing the questionnaire sixty eight per cent of people said the reasons for closing the school were clear while sixty two per cent supported the council’s promise to make arrangements for children to travel to alternative schools. Eighty four per cent of people responding to the consultation by questionnaire did not support the closure of the school despite the low pupil numbers, poor exam results and financial difficulties.