Council stresses no decisions made on schools consultation

Ahead of the first consultation event Northumberland County Council is keen to emphasise that the current consultation on schools in the west of the county is an informal one, and no decisions on future systems or closures of schools have been made.

The first of the consultation events is set to take place on Monday 26 February from 4.30pm to 8.30pm at Haydon Bridge High School.

The council will be working closely with all those involved, staff, parents and the wider community, to find a solution that will be in the best educational interests of all the children in the area.

Consultation is being carried out to create a unique and innovative system that meets the needs of children and families now and over the next 50 years, and a commitment to invest £50 million for education in the west has been given by the council.

Councillor Wayne Daley, deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council said: "We will be working closely with all those involved in education in the west of the county, with staff, parents and the wider community to find a solution that will be in the best educational interests of all the children in the area.

"We have not made a decision on any school closures at all. We urge people to take part in the consultation and I am keen to listen to any alternative ideas they may have."

The council will hold two drop-in events:
Monday 26 February 2018 from 4.30pm to 8.30pm at Haydon Bridge High School; and
Saturday 17 March 2018 from 10am to 3pm at Hexham Mart Function Suite.

These will be drop-in events that can be attended at any time, and are for those with an interest in either Haydon Bridge or Hexham partnerships.

To view the consultation document and express your views go to the school consultations section of the website by clicking here

A final decision is expected in July 2018, with any changes beginning in September 2019 and phased in up to 2022.
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