02 September 2014

The future structure of schools in the north east Northamptonshire area will be discussed at a meeting of Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet next week (9 September).

A report published today and to be discussed by cabinet next Tuesday details the changes that would need to be made to implement a move from a three-tier to a two-tier structure of education in the schools in the cluster, including school closures, school expansions and structural alterations.

What are the changes proposed?

The report recommends proceeding with the next stage in the formal closure process, the issuing of statutory notices, for Oundle & Kings Cliffe Middle School and Thrapston’s The King John School.

Councillor Matthew Golby, cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “The council’s position is that we believe education standards will benefit from a change in structure. We’ve undertaken two consultations on the proposed move from three to two tier education in the area. In that time, no new data or evidence has emerged to suggest that sticking with the current system would be in the long-term interests of pupils.

“A two-tier system will provide the maximum benefit to those pupils in the area and a co-ordinated strategy involving all twelve schools will help to ensure the transition is well managed.”

In total, 28 responses were received by the council during the course of the second consultation which took place before the schools’ summer break. The results of the consultation are included in the report.

What happens next?

If the cabinet approves the report, the publication of statutory notices will take place on 18 September 2014 followed by a four-week period of representation ending on 16 October 2014. During this period, any person or organisation can make comments on the proposal, which will be taken into account by the cabinet before a final decision is made on 11 November 2014.

The full list of proposed changes to the twelve schools in the area is detailed in the cabinet report which can be viewed on the council’s website.