Proposals for St Mary's Church of England Middle School, Belford and Belford First School
The statutory consultation on the proposals to close St Mary's Church of England Middle School, Belford on 31 August 2018 and extend the age range of Belford First School to become a primary school from 1 September 2018 has now closed. The Council's Cabinet will make a final decision on whether or not to approve the implementation of these proposals on 8 February 2018.
Acklington CE First School - Closure from 31 August 2018
On Tuesday 7 November, the Council's Cabinet considered the proposal of the Governing Body of the James Calvert Spence Federation to close Acklington CE First School with effect from 31 December 2017. The Cabinet approved the proposal to close the school but in the light of the recommendation from the Family and Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee, have modified the effective closure date to 31 August 2018, therefore the school will close at the end of this academic year. The full reasons for the decision are attached below:
Reasons to Support Governors Proposal - Decision
West of Northumberland Consultation
Council Officers are meeting with educational professionals working in and with schools and academies in the West of Northumberland in a first phase of consultation on issues facing schools in the West of Northumberland. Officers will meet with schools and academies in the Haydon Bridge Partnership on 15 January and with Hexham Partnership on 18 January, with a joint meeting on 24 January. Representatives from the Church of England and Roman Catholic Dioceses and local County Councillors will also be in attendance. A consultation document has been sent to schools ahead of forthcoming meetings and this is attached below. A wide-ranging public consultation will follow this first phase from February
Implementation of National Funding Formula
The Department for Education has confirmed its intention to introduce a National Funding Formula for Schools with effect from 2020/21 so that all schools will have funding set according to the same allocation mechanism. For 2018/19 & 2019/20 local authorities retain some discretion Northumberland County Council is consuting on how it should introduce the NFF. Please see the link for the consultation document and details as to how to access further information.