Summer closure of St Mary's Middle is set to be approved

Councillors had no new comments to make as the proposed closure of Belford's middle school reached the final stage.

Friday, 9th February 2018, 6:17 am
St Mary's C. of E. VA Middle School Belford.

Members of the county council’s family and children’s services scrutiny committee had already discussed the issue twice before, meaning there was little left to say at Tuesday’s meeting.

It is now even more likely that the decision-making cabinet will later today approve the proposal to close St Mary’s CofE Middle School this summer and the conversion of Belford First School into an age-two-to-11 primary from September.

Northumberland County Council’s cabinet agreed in December that the proposals should go ahead, sparking a statutory consultation.

Original, standalone proposals to close St Mary’s last summer sparked protests and calls for a reprieve, which was granted to enable this joint proposal to be developed.

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The middle school is an unintended victim of the switch to a two-tier system in the Alnwick Partnership as St Mary’s has seen a large number of pupils leave at 11 to go to the Duchess’s Community High School.