A PRIMARY school is celebrating a reprieve as councillors resolved not to go any further with plans to close it.
Huxley Primary was one of four schools facing the axe in the Chester area under the Transforming Learning Communities review.
More than 60 campaigners turned up at County Hall yesterday to support the school as the council executive met to decide whether to put officers' recommendations out to formal consultation.
Council leader Cllr Paul Findlow told Huxley campaigners: 'No further action is to be taken and officers are to work with the current initiative for federation.'
The announcement was met with a round of applause from the public gallery.
Speaking after the meeting the Rev Paul Barrow, a school governor, said: 'Federation means a number of schools will, in effect, work across their borders, will share one board of governors and re-configuration of the schools' organisation will work more effectively.
'The idea is that the whole will be more than the sum of its parts.'
The school is working with the Church of England Diocese and the county council to identify up to five other schools to form a Federation.
Chairman of governors Peter Ankers was in jubilant mood: 'It's obviously great news for Huxley as a whole. We've had fantastic support and raised more than 1,000 signatures to a petition inside 10 d ay s.
'We now hope we will make this decision count by making the school viable for future generations.'
Councillors agreed to go to formal consultation on the other proposals which are intended to tackle a £50m funding shortfall over the next four years.
Harthill Primary School, Boughton St Paul's Infant and Nursery School and Woodfield Primary Schools all still face cl o s u re. n AHEAD of yesterday's meeting Eddis-bury MP Stephen O'Brien took the school's campaign to regional television. He used Granada's Party Politics pro -gramme, which aired at 11.30pm yesterday, to broadcast an appeal to save the school.