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Schools merge in Liverpool

Liverpool's oldest school, Garston Church of England primary, is to merge with two neighbouring Catholic schools. Rick Widdowson, the headteacher, said it was likely Garston would create a federation with Holy Trinity and St Francis of Assisi, because of falling rolls. A joint faith school was also an option. He said: "We're delighted, because the threat of closure hanging over us is now removed."

A final decision will be taken by Liverpool city council in the autumn.

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