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NCC Consultation to extend age range of DHFS

The First schools in the Ponteland Partnership requested a meeting with the Local Authority on 23 February to discuss school structures.  Further meetings were then held by the six First schools collectively or individually.  This resulted in a request from all six First school headteachers and Chairs of Governors to the Council to publish a report recommending a consultation on a new structure of school organisation within the Ponteland Partnership.  The request to consult is also being supported by the headteacher and Chair of Governors of Ponteland High School. 


The consultation will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 16 March and if it is approved, it would begin on Thursday 17 March.  The report is available on the Council’s website at http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meeting.aspx?MeetID=3976, item 7 on the agenda.


The consultation reflects a proposed new structure, which would see the first schools extending their age ranges to become primary schools (retaining pupils up to the age of 11) and Ponteland High School extending its age range to become an age 11 to 18 secondary school.  Within this proposed structure, Ponteland Middle School would close and Richard Coates CE Middle School would change its age range to become a 3 to 11 primary school.  If the consultation goes ahead, all parents, staff, Governors, pupils and other interested parties would be able to put forward their views on the proposal and any alternatives they wish to be considered.  Details of how to feed back on the consultation would be sent out from 17 March.