03 June 2014

The future structure of schools in the north east Northamptonshire area will be discussed at a meeting of our cabinet next week.

A report published today and to be discussed by cabinet next Tuesday 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

The report presents demographic and educational attainment data to support the recommendation, which if approved will see changes implemented from September 2015.

"The majority of schools in the area are pragmatic about the need for change."

Councillor Matthew Golby, cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “The consultation carried out earlier this year demonstrated that the majority of schools in the area are pragmatic about the need for change and are willing to work collectively to bring that change about.

“There’s no doubt that the data relating to the area’s educational attainment is concerning and there’s a strong case to argue that the current system is not serving the children and young people of the area well.”

If approved, the council will begin another consultation, from 18 June to 30 July, into the detailed proposals of how each school in the area will be affected. This will include consultation events held in schools across the area during June.

Oundle & Kings Cliffe Middle School

The cabinet meeting will also discuss a separate report recommending the closure of the Kings Cliffe site of Oundle & Kings Cliffe Middle School to secure the school’s financial viability. It is estimated that closure of the site could generate net savings of more than £100,000 per annum for the school.

To find out more

Both cabinet reports can be read on the council’s website