A PRIVATE school closed by inspectors due to concerns over care has appointed liquidators, with the loss of 78 jobs.

Hamilton School, Aberdeen, was shut on Friday after inspectors said they were not confident pupils were "safe and well cared for".

The Scottish Government intervened after complaints from parents and staff sparked a police investigation.

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Following the closure school directors decided to stop operating the assoc­iated nursery, where inspectors said they had identified 14 areas of concern, including feeding and medication .

Blair Nimmo and Geoffrey Jacobs of KPMG were yesterday appointed joint liquidators.

They said 78 of 84 staff had been redundant, with the remaining six retained to help transfer pupil infor­mation to new schools.

The school had 105 pupils and the nursery cared for 225 children.

Two women, aged 65 and 25, have been charged following police inquiries.