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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons on 11th March 2019.

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Photo of Ian Mearns Ian Mearns Chair, Backbench Business Committee

As a former chair of governors, I am sad to report to the House that the Northern Education Trust has failed the children who attend and who have attended the Thomas Hepburn school. The Secretary of State’s Department has agreed with the trust to the closure of the school in Felling in my Gateshead constituency. The other schools in the borough have already accepted additional pupils and are above their plan for September. Will the Secretary of State meet me and my hon. Friend Liz Twist to discuss how we are going to find places for the other 40 year 7 pupils who do not have places in Gateshead next September?