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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 11:24am 11th January 2019. (Updated at 11:48am 11th January 2019)

Two schools in Scarborough could be set to be taken over by an educational trust.

The town's MP Robert Goodwill says that Graham School and George Pindar School are in talks to be taken over by the Hope Learning Trust.

Robert says one of the main concerns is the amount of 'surplus' money they have left in their accounts, which he claims is to the tune of almost £2million. 

He said:

"If these schools were having difficulty delivering education, why were they not spending money on deploying more teachers or special help for particular students rather than putting it into their reserves?

So there are some long-standing issues that need to be addressed."

In November, we told you that the two schools had excluded more pupils than anywhere else in North Yorkshire in 2017-18. 

Graham School had the highest figure, with 156 exclusions, whilst George Pindar excluded students 98 times. 

RELATED STORIES: Scarborough Schools Top County List for Exclusions

Robert added:

"We don't have exceptionally high levels of exclusions in North Yorkshire. If you go to Blackpool for example, they have 500 students in their pupil referral unit. 

We don't have those high levels of exclusion and we do have a fantastic, award winning pupil referral unit in Scarborough which actually aims to get children back into mainstream schools."

You can hear the full interview from Robert here:

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