Final approval for two-tier on cards

A design image for new school facilities in Ponteland.
A design image for new school facilities in Ponteland.

A major reshuffle of schools in the Ponteland Partnership looks set to get final approval next week.

Following a consultation, Northumberland County Council’s cabinet approved voted in May to permit the publication of statutory proposals relating to a switch to a two-tier system of primary and secondary schools.

This sparked a four-week statutory consultation, which has now come to an end, and a final decision will be made by councillors on Tuesday.

It is recommended that they approve the changes which will see Belsay, Stamfordham, Darras Hall, Ponteland, Heddon on the Wall St Andrew’s, and Whalton CofE First Schools as well as Richard Coates CofE Middle School become primary schools.

Ponteland High School will become and 11-to-18 secondary school, while Ponteland Middle School has been granted an academy order and is no longer part of the proposals.

The issue will be discussed by the council’s family and children’s services scrutiny committee on Tuesday morning before the cabinet makes its decision that afternoon.