A failing Warwickshire school revealed as the worst performing in the Midlands is to be knocked down and turned into a city academy.
Bishop Wulstan Catholic School in Rugby saw only 12 per cent of pupils gain the target five or more good GCSEs last year - the sixth worst result in the country.
The poor performance meant only 25 parents opted to send their children to Bishop Wulstan from primary schools from this September.
Following the ranking, highlighted in league tables earlier this year, education chiefs in Warwickshire launched a four-week consultation on the school's future.
The authority is now proposing to close Bishop Wulstan and replace it with a single Catholic Academy for youngsters aged three to 16.
The new school will be sponsored by the Catholic Church which will contribute £2 million towards creating a new £25 million school.
Councillor John Burton (Con Nuneaton and Bed-worth), cabinet member for schools, said: "The reports into the future were made with the best interests of the students as the primary motivation.
"From this, innovative proposals have been developed and the community of Rugby has embraced the issue.
"We are now going to move forward with looking at ways of maintaining secondary Catholic education in the town, be it through an academy or through other measures."
Coun Burton said talks were already taking place with the Department for Education and Skills on the proposals.
The new school could be split across a number of sites to serve the Catholic population across the area.
Education chiefs in Warwickshire claimed in January that Bishop Wulstan had become "non-viable" due to low numbers of pupils.
The LEA maintained the school's low level of GCSE attainment was not the main reason for closure, but admitted it was "an added matter of concern".
The proportion of pupils at Bishop Wulstan gaining five or more GCSEs graded between A* and C - the Government benchmark of future success - fell by eight per cent last year.