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Northumberland

Until 2008, Northumberland was one of the few wholly three-tier authorities in England. It had one of the largest number of 'Middle deemed Secondary' schools of any authority, with nearly 40.

The authority announced its intention to revert to two tiers in 2004, with plans approved in 2005 despite strong opposition from both parents and Middle Schools alike. However, very few changes were made before plans were dropped due to financial constraints. Some local closures have since taken place, reducing the number of open middle schools each year.