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Leeds - Last week to save girls' school

Teachers and parents in Leeds have a week left to make their views known on a plan to end girls-only state school provision in the city.

Parklands Girls' High is its only single-sex state school, but attendance numbers are dropping.

Leeds City Council said that with just 74 girls in Year 7 with places for 140, the pressure on the school's funding is unsustainable.

Clare Cavadino, Parklands chair of governors, believes closure would be a mistake. "We occupy a unique position as the only maintained girls' school in Leeds and we are disappointed that this choice may no longer be available to girls and parents in the city," she told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

But without much opposition, a plan to replace Parklands in the Seacroft area with a co-educational academy is likely to go ahead.

Boys-only state education in Leeds ended three years ago and the prestigious independent Leeds Girls High merged with its all-boys Leeds Grammar counterpart in 2008. WS.

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