Schools merger gets the final tick in the box

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The merger of four Scarborough schools into two has been confirmed.

North Yorkshire County Council’s executive members signed off on the joining of Barrowcliff Infant School and Barrowcliff Junior School on Monday.

At the same time they also agreed to the merger of Gladstone Road Infant and Gladstone Road Junior schools.

Earlier this year parents and employees at all the schools were sent a letter asking for their views on the proposals.

Across both Gladstone Road schools 71 people responded in favour of the merger, with 21 against.

The newly created school will cater for around 800 pupils and will led by a single head, which will be Anne Swift of the infant school.

A county council spokesman said: “As Brian Robinson, the junior school’s headteacher, is retiring at the end of the school year, governors had felt it was timely to ask the county council to pursue this option.”

Barrowcliff Infant School and Barrowcliff Junior School are already listed as a federation but were not officially merged until now.

More than 400 letters were sent out to people connected with the schools but just three were returned, all in favour.

The changes will come in at both schools when the new term starts in September.