Salford - Surplus could force slimdown

13th August 2010 at 01:00

More schools in Salford may have to close following a report that has laid bare the extent of the city's surplus place and school finance problems.

Salford's 21st Century Learning Commission has warned the council that: "Three of the city's secondary schools are not financially viable. A number of other schools are running substantial deficits which will need robust action to bring their finances to balance."

It adds that more than a third of the 81 primary schools have too few pupils. The local authority was already planning to shut two high schools and several primaries. The new report warns Salford's secondary schools will have a combined deficit of #163;6.9 million this year, increasing to #163;10.3m by 2015, "unless radical action is taken".

Primaries are forecast a combined deficit of #163;805,000 this year, with three of the city's four special schools in deficit to a total of #163;1.13m. ws.

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