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The future of Ten Mile Bank Riverside Academy has been secured for at least two-and-a-half years.

Parents feared the school would close after the academy trust which runs it announced plans to consider the future of the school.

A consultation will be open until December 20, but strength of feeling has convinced a ‘pause for thought’ the trust has said.

On Monday the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT) said there was a strong consensus that closure would impact very negatively on community cohesion, and it recognised that children’s anxiety about the issue could distract them from their learning.

A spokesman said: “Unless income drops significantly, DEMAT will be maintaining Ten Mile Bank Riverside Academy until at least August 31, 2019, during which time we will work with the Local Governing Body to establish a sustainable future.”