School merger moves closer

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North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive today agreed to take forward proposals for two sets of school mergers in Scarborough involving the coming together of infant and junior schools to create all-through primary schools.

Councillors backed the publishing of statutory notices for Gladstone Road Infant and Junior Schools and for Barrowcliff Infant and Junior Schools, for both to become all-through primary schools in September.

Final decisions will be taken in June.

As Brian Robinson, Gladstone Road Junior School’s headteacher, will retire at the end of the school year, governors had decided it was time to examine options for the future of both schools.

Governors, staff, parents and the local authority believe an all-through school will be of greatest benefit to children, ensuring the continuity of their education from early years through to 11.

“We have been in discussion with the Gladstone Road schools about working more closely together for some time,” said County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive member for Schools: “We all share the same aspirations; to ensure that children in the area have the best educational experience they can, and achieve the best they can.

“Barrowcliff Infant and Junior Schools have been successfully federated for some years so it seemed a natural step to seek to merge and to create an all-through school.

“Schools look for the best arrangements to secure the highest standards in teaching and learning.

“We are encouraged that they have arrived at this point,”