A decision which paves the way for two new Academies to be created, one in North Stockton and one in Thornaby has now been taken.
It means closure of Blakeston School Community Sports College, The Norton School Humanities College and Thornaby Community School.
All three schools will close at the end of August this year with the Academies opening for new and existing pupils at the beginning of September 2010 before moving into completely new buildings created through the Building Schools for the Future programme in September 2013.
The new building for the Academy in Thornaby would be built on the existing Thornaby Community School site while the Academy in North Stockton would be built on a site off Norton Road.
The lead sponsor of the Academy in Thornaby is Teesside University and would specialise in Business and Enterprise with a strong digital media theme.
NHS Stockton-on-Tees (Primary Care Trust) is the lead sponsor of the Academy in North Stockton which would specialise in Science with a strong health, well being and sport theme.
Both Academies would also be co-sponsored by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and a consortium of Stockton Riverside College and Stockton Sixth Form College.
It was originally anticipated that the Academy in North Stockton would not open until January 2011, however the Academy sponsors have made significant process with the development of the Academy and feel strongly that it would be more beneficial for both pupils and staff to open this September, at the beginning of the school year.
Councillor Alex Cunningham, Stockton Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: "The official decision to close these three schools means that we can now start looking forward to creating exciting new opportunities for young people living in North Stockton and Thornaby. I'm certain that the fantastic expertise and experience that the sponsors will bring will enable our young people to develop skills and knowledge to excel in a 21st Century world and become successful citizens with excellent future prospects."
Throughout December Academy sponsors carried out an initial consultation to find out what people in Thornaby think about the idea of the Academy. NHS Stockton will be launching a similar consultation for the proposed Academy in North Stockton later this month. The outcome of each consultation will be considered by the Secretary of State and the lead sponsors when they make the final decision about the establishment of the Academies.
Further information about the proposed Academy for Thornaby can be found at www.thornabyacademy.org.uk. A similar website will be launched for the proposed Academy in North Stockton when the consultation begins later this month.