14 March 2012

Proposals to amalgamate Wellingborough’s Oakway junior and infant schools reach an important stage with a request for Northamptonshire County Council to agree the formal closure process for Oakway Junior School.

The closure is the technical way to allow the school to be amalgamated with the neighbouring infant school to create a primary school. The governing bodies of both schools and the Council have been clear throughout the planning and consultation process that this is an amalgamation of two equal partners.

The closure of Oakway Junior School will mean all the existing site and buildings will transfer to the primary school.

The publication of statutory notices for the junior school would signal the beginning of a six-week period where formal representations can be made to the council. At the end of that period, a final decision will be made on whether to close the school.

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills, said: “The schools have demonstrated that there are very real benefits to closer working arrangements. The schools themselves and the wider community are keen formalise their relationship with the amalgamation of the schools.

“As a council, we are very supportive of all-through primary schools because they provide a more consistent environment for pupils, improved curriculum continuity and better tracking of children’s performances. They also provide staff with greater professional development opportunities.”

The decision on whether to close the school in preparation for the creation of a single primary school will be made by Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills on Wednesday 21 March. Members of the public are free to attend.