10 November 2014

Changes to the education structure in the north east Northamptonshire area will be discussed at a meeting of Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet tomorrow.

A report recommends going ahead with a proposal to change from a three tier schools model to a primary and secondary school system in the Oundle, Thrapston, Kings Cliffe and surrounding area of East Northamptonshire.

To progress the change, the cabinet is asked to approve the formal closure of Oundle & Kings Cliffe Middle and The King John School, Thrapston, with effect from 31 August 2015.

Councillor Matthew Golby, cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “The driving force behind the proposed changes is concern about the area’s educational attainment. We believe that the current system is not serving the children and young people of the area well enough and a move to primary and secondary structure will be in the best interests of the area’s children and young people.”

The financial implications of each proposed school capital project and the overall scheme continues to be developed and will be reported to Cabinet in December 2014, as part of the Council’s draft budget for 2015/16.

The report is available on the council's website.