THE school made famous in the hit film Gregory's Girl will close, it was confirmed today.

North Lanarkshire Council's Learning and Leisure Services Committee approved controversial proposals to shut Abronhill High School and move the 480 pupils to Cumbernauld High a couple of miles away.

Despite a high profile campaign and the backing of celebrities and politicians, councillors at today's meeting rubber stamped a recommendation from council officers to pull the plug on the school, made famous in the 1980s film.

The closure will save the council around £1million a year, but protesters say the proposals ignored the school’s good academic record and that it will have a severe impact on the Abronhill community.

The public response to the council’s consultation period was "considerable and unprecedented"  and overall, the responses were "significantly against the proposal", according to a report published by the council last month.

A packed public gallery at Motherwell Civic Centre reacted with outrage as the decision to close the school was approved by councillors by a vote of 20-12.

There were shouts of "shame on you".

The council voted to refuse a representative from a group of around 50 protesters to make a presentation to the committee - a decision which was criticised by opposition councillors.

Following representations from councillors opposed to the closure, the committee voted to approve the recommendation to close Abronhill High School.