Here you will find consultation on proposed school partnerships, plans for academies and other changes to schools organisation.
1) These changes across the maintained schools in the Haydon Bridge Partnership best supports the long term viability and quality of all the schools in the partnership.
2) There would be an exciting opportunity to invest £5.1m into the fabric of schools in the Haydon Bridge Partnership, including:
3) Parents and students would retain a choice of secondary education in the west of the county, while parents would retain the preference to apply for a place for their child in any school.
4) The Governing Bodies of Kielder, Otterburn, Greenhaugh and Wark have indicated they support the change to a primary structure.Primary age children living in the catchment areas of Kielder, Greenhaugh, Otterburn and Wark C of E First Schools would remain in their good or outstanding village primary schools for a further two years, therefore would not have to make a transition and travel to Bellingham at age 9 and 10.
5) The proposed Resilience Programme will attempt to support the good and outstanding schools in the North Tynedale and Redesdale area to work together and across the partnership and beyond to increase sustainability through building on and sharing current good practice.
6) A review of transport routes to Haydon Bridge High School will be undertaken to assess the impact of the implementation of the statutory proposal on individual children living in the North Tynedale and Redesdale areas, particularly in relation to pupils in Years 7 and 8 who would travel to Haydon Bridge High School.
The consultation on this statutory proposal and the wider informal consultation has been very extensive, reasonable and robust and has attempted to preserve small rural primary and secondary education.
The Council acted in compliance with Data Protection Act 1998 via the Council's Data Protection Policy, namely Section 5 - Principles.
The statutory proposal to close Netherton Northside First School should be adopted for the following reasons:
In spite of the efforts of the Governing Body and staff, the school has not been able to attract additional pupils to the school that would both assist in providing an improved educational experience for existing pupils and support the viability of the school.
There have been no viable alternatives put forward to the closure during the informal and formal stages of consultation on the proposal to close the school.
There are 5 alternative schools between a distance of approximately 5 to 8 miles of Netherton village that would be able to offer places to the pupils according to parental preference, including a choice of faith schools.
Although the school building is not used as a community facility, Cabinet acknowledge that the loss of any school has an impact on the local community to a greater or lesser extent.
For the reasons set out above and in the light of the statutory guidance on ‘Rural Schools and the presumption against closure’, Cabinet agree with the Governing Body of Netherton Northside First School that it is in the best educational interests of the pupils on roll at the school that it closes with effect from 31 August 2018.
The consultation on this proposal has been extensive, reasonable and robust.
On Thursday 14 June 2018, the Council's Cabinet approved the implementation of the following prescribed alteration:
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