School consultations

Here you will find consultation on proposed school partnerships, plans for academies and other changes to schools organisation.

For full details of the consultation proposals for education in Northumberland see the sections below:

Informal consultation on options for West Woodburn First School has now opened.  The consultation document below sets out these options and we are interested in knowing the views of any interested parties on whether they support any of these options or whether they have a viable alternative option.  You can submit your views via the electronic questionnaire below, or via email or post (details of addresses given in the consultation document below).

The consultation is open until midnight on 15 January 2020.

Link to consultation document

Consultation response form

.From September 2020, all schools and academies located in the Bedlington area will be organised as primary schools/academies (Reception to Year 6) and secondary academies (Year 7 to Year 13).
 In order to create additional places in the two secondary schools, there will need to be a significant amount of investment in school buildings.  Therefore, in order to have some confidence that this investment is being made in the right place, the local authority would like to know whether you have any thoughts at this stage about which secondary academy you may like your child to attend in the future.
This is an anonymous general survey and, by completing it, you will not be held to any preference you may indicate now when the time comes for you to officially apply for a place for your child in a secondary school; it will also be helpful to let us know if you do not have a preference.  If you are a parent or carer of a child currently in Year 6, 7 or 8 in a school in Bedlington and you have already applied for a place in the secondary phase already, then please also complete this survey as it provides us with a better understanding of parental views. This survey will only be used as a guide to assist the local authority in understanding where the general preferences of parents in Bedlington lie now and we are assuming that there will not be too much difference in preferences in the foreseeable future.
Therefore, we would be really grateful if you could spend two minutes of your time to assist us by completing the survey on the Council’s website at
The survey will be open until 13 December 2019.  Thank you in anticipation of your assistance.
Following Cabinet approval in July 2018 to create a sustainable education system in the west of the county, and as substantial capital investment is required to address considerable backlog maintenance issues, significant work has been undertaken to identify options for new school buildings for the incorporation and co-location of Hadrian Learning Trust schools (Queen Elizabeth High School and Hexham Middle School) on a suitable site in Hexham.
The documents below are the Outline Business Case (including appendices) for the replacement school buildings for Hadrian Learning Trust:

FINAL Outline Business Case - Replacement School Buildings for HLT schools
Conservation Comments - The Hydro Building, Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham
Planning - Letter to NCC Education - Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham


Appendix 1A-Outcomes of Statutory Consultation on Proposals for Education in the West of Northumberland
Appendix 1B - Hadrian Learning Trust Outcomes of Consultation 2 - 29 March 2018
Appendix 1C - Pupil Catchment Data – QEHS
Appendix 1D - Pupil Catchment Data – HMS
Appendix 1E - Schedule of Accommodation
Appendix 2A - Procurement Report
Appendix 2B - Procurement Programme
Appendix 4A - HLT Education Brief
Appendix 4B - Desktop Study
Appendix 4C - Geophysical Survey
Appendix 4D - Ground Investigation Report
Appendix 4E - Hydro Measured Survey
Appendix 4F - Arboriculture Survey
Appendix 4G - Flood Risk Assessment
Appendix 4H - Topographical Survey
Appendix 4I - Utilities Survey
Appendix 4J - Third Party Users
Appendix 4K - Transport Assessment and Travel Plan
Appendix 4L - Preliminary Ecological Appraisal
Appendix 6A - Risk Register
Northumberland County Council has previously consulted on its approach to the introduction of the National Funding Formula (NFF) in Northumberland, following discussions at Schools Forum.  Feedback from consultation has consistently been to move NFF values in a phased or gradual approach, reflecting the fact that historically Northumberland has maintained some values that were different to the NFF values.
Latest guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) has reiterated their intention to introduce the “hard” NFF but there is no specific timescale currently for this. It has been confirmed that for 2020/21 local authorities will continue to have discretion over their schools funding formula, and in consultation, will determine values and allocations in their area.
Northumberland Schools Forum met on 20 November 2019 and agreed a series of recommendations on which we would like to consult with schools.  PLEASE NOTE: All responses must be returned no later than 12.00 noon on Friday 13 December 2019.  Due to reporting deadlines in line with DFE requirements for the submission of information, consultation responses received after this closing date will not be considered.
Please see the links below for the consultation document and details as to how to access further information:  
On 11 March 2019, the Council was informed that it had been successful in moving to the next stage of the bid to establish a Special Educational Needs Free School in Blyth.  The Cabinet gave their approval on Tuesday 9 April 2019 for the Local Authority to accept the conditions relating to the next stage of the bid.

You can access a copy of the Cabinet Report, Letter from the DFE, and Northumberland's Specification document regarding the proposal to open a free school:

Your Questions Answered

Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

The following Diocesan schools are consulting on their 2021-2022 Admissions Policies:
St Patrick’s RC Primary School, Stockton (Stockton)
Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Fenham (Newcastle)
St Thomas More Catholic School, Blaydon (Gateshead)