School consultations

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

Current consultations appear below

For full details of the consultation proposals for education in West Northumberland see the section below.  You can then provide your feedback on this feedback form.
Cabinet today (Tuesday 10 July) approved a plan for the creation of a sustainable education system in the west of the county, by extending the age ranges of Greenhaugh, Bellingham, Wark, Kielder and Otterburn Schools and the closure of Bellingham Middle School.
 
Cabinet made this decision for the following reasons:
 
The proposals to close Bellingham Middle School and Sports College and to extend the age ranges of Kielder, Greenhaugh, Bellingham, Otterburn and Wark Church of England First Schools should be adopted and implemented for the following reasons:-

 

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:

 
  • Significant investment in a newly created Bellingham Primary School, including enhanced facilities for art/technology and community spaces that could be used by all schools to deliver an enhanced primary curriculum.
  • Significant investment, of around £3.5m in Haydon Bridge High School to rationalise the buildings, safeguard the site and upgrade the interior of the remaining buildings.In addition an investment of £1.5m to subsidise the school over the next three years to ensure a transition that provides a good educational experience.
 

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.

 
Further information can be found by following this link.

A petition 'Save Bellingham Middle School' was submitted by parents as part of a representation during the statutory consultation can be accessed by following this link.  A further handwritten supplementary petition was also submitted as part of this representation and contained 235 signatures however, this is not published here as it contains personal sensitive data.

The Council acted in compliance with Data Protection Act 1998 via the Council's Data Protection Policy, namely Section 5 - Principles.  

Data and information gathered during consultation has been used to inform this consultation only and will not be used for any other purpose, i.e. it will not be shared with another service area or any third party.

The data and information gathered has been limited to that which will be useful in informing the recommendations set out in the above report.
 
How the Council deals with information received is set out in the Council's Privacy Notice, at http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Contact/Information.aspx#privacynotices .

 
Following a request from the Governing Body of Netherton Northside First School, on 8 February the Council's Cabinet today (10 July 2018) approved the proposal to close Netherton Northside First School with effect from 31 August 2018.
Cabinet made the decision for the following reasons:
 

The statutory proposal to close Netherton Northside First School should be adopted for the following reasons:

 
  1. Netherton Northside First School will have only 2 pupils on roll at the school in September 2018.
 
  1. 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.

 
  1. 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.

 
  1. 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.

 
  1. 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.

 
  1. 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:
  • The expansion of the capacity of The Dales School in Blyth by 50 places with effect from 1 December 2018 through the creation of a satellite site to be called 'Ashdale' in Ashington;
The above prescribed alteration was approved by Cabinet for the following reasons:
  • the proposal will provide additional places for children and young people who have autism and social, emotional and mental health needs in an appropriate setting to assist with the increase in children presenting with these needs in Northumberland 
  • this proposal will also assist in reversing the trend of  more children and young people with SEND being educated outside of the County and thereby enable them to be educated within or closer to their own local communities.

 

On Thursday 14 June 2018, the Council's Cabinet approved the implementation of the following prescribed alteration:

  • The expansion of the capacity of Hexham Priory School in Hexham by 32 places with effect from 1 November 2018; 
The above prescribed alteration was approved by Cabinet for the following reasons:
  • The proposal will provide additional places for children and young people who have learning difficulties in an appropriate setting to assist with the increase in children presenting with these needs in Northumberland 
  • This proposal will also assist in reversing the trend of  more children and young people with SEND being educated outside of the County and thereby enable them to be educated within or closer to their own local communities.
 
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.
A statutory proposal was published for the reorganisation of some schools in the Haydon Bridge Partnership.  It is proposed that Bellingham Middle School should close on 31 August 2019, and that Kielder, Greenhaugh, Otterburn, West Woodburn, Bellingham First School and Wark CE First Schools should extend their age ranges to become primary schools from 1 September 2019. 

The four week period of statutory consultation has now closed. 

View the proposal
A statutory proposal was published setting out a proposal for the closure of Netherton Northside First School.  

The four week period of statutory consultation has now closed.  

View the proposal here
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DIOCESE OF NEWCASTLE
 
KIRKNEWTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
 
PROPOSED ORDER UNDER SECTION 554 AND 556 OF THE EDUCATION ACT 1996
 
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN:

 
  1. That the Secretary of State for Education proposes to make an order under sections 554 and 556 of the Education Act 1996 in respect of the above mentioned Church of England educational foundation. The purpose of sections 554 and 556 is to enable the assets of discontinued denominational voluntary schools to be applied for the benefit of new and continuing voluntary schools and foundation schools of the same denomination within the state system of education. The order will, where appropriate, authorise the sale of the premises described.
 
  1. That under sections 554 and 556 of the Education Act 1996 any person interested may within one month after the date of this Notice make representations on the proposed order in writing to the Secretary of State at the Department’s address given below.
A copy of the proposed order can be accessed here.

A paper copy can also be inspected at the offices of Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. between Tuesday 16 October and Tuesday 13 November 2018.
 
Additional copies can be obtained from the Department for Education, Real Estate Team, Bishopsgate House, Darlington, DL1 5QE