Education consultation extended at the request of schools

The first phase of an education consultation exercise that is being carried out by Northumberland County Council in the west of the county has been extended by 5 days until February 2nd, at the request of the Headteachers, and Chairs of Governors.

The consultation is taking place in two stages.  The first phase is seeking the views of educational professionals in all the schools in the Haydon Bridge and Hexham Partnership about the challenges and opportunities they face.  Following detailed discussions at 3 separate meetings, with the education professionals in the west, the Headteachers and Chairs of Governors asked for more time to respond, so the first phase has now been  extended until 2 February  2018.

The second phase of consultation will begin on 19 February and will seek the views of the wider community including parents, teachers, governors and pupils and run until 9th April.

The consultation follows the withdrawal of Bright Tribe Trust as a sponsor of Haydon Bridge High School.

Councillor Wayne Daley, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Children’s Services at Northumberland County Council said:

“ With the withdrawal of the Bright Tribe Trust  we have a  unique and timely  opportunity to take a serious look at the education structure within  the Haydon Bridge and Hexham partnership and  explore all potential options.

“Delivering  good quality sustainable education in Northumberland remains a priority for us.  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  the children in the area."

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