Controversial plans to close Skerton High School have moved a step forward.
A Statutory Notice of the proposal to close Skerton High School will be published in January.
County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson said: “I am keenly aware of the strength of feeling about this school and this is not an easy process for anyone.
“I’d like to thank everyone who took the trouble to respond to the consultation, and to give them a reassurance that I read every single submission.
“There is further work that the authority needs to do to consider options for the future education of the young people in school before I make a final decision in April.
“The care and support that Skerton provides for its pupils have never been in doubt, and I am impressed by the affection that pupils, parents, staff and the local community clearly have for the school.
“However, I must consider issues on both sides of the argument and look at whether the school has the capacity to improve, based on the evidence of recent years.”
Acting headteacher Lyndon Day said: “There have been developments that have moved so quickly over the last 48 hours that this decision by the local authority has been made without them being able to consider a potential new future for the school.
“Governors, Senior Leadership and the DFE are in very early exploratory discussions with representatives of a private Trust that has stepped forward and is willing to help Skerton Community High School develop a strategy to avoid closure and to secure the school for current pupils and future generations.
David Morris MP said: “I am deeply disappointed that Lancashire County Council has chosen to ignore the parents, pupils and community of Skerton Community High School, and is still pushing for closure.
“I will now be requesting a full investigation into this consultation by the Secretary of State Michael Gove MP. I am fully supporting this school and am still hopeful that the Secretary of State will force the school into academy status to protect the school for future generati0ns.”