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Consultation to take place on a change of age ranges at two Bedlington schools


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Councillors have agreed to launch an informal consultation on proposals for two Bedlington first schools to convert to primaries.

At its meeting on Tuesday, Northumberland County Council's cabinet agreed to a request from the governing bodies of Whitley Memorial CE First School and Bedlington West End First School to carry out a consultation on extending their age ranges from September 2020.

If the changes were to go forward, it would require a statutory proposal to be published, followed by a formal consultation.

The Bedlington Partnership is currently a mix, with the majority having switched to a two-tier system of primaries and secondaries, while these two first schools and Meadowdale [Middle] Academy remain as a three-tier set-up.

Since changing from high schools to secondary schools, Bedlington Academy and St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy have retained two annual intakes each September - at age 11 and age 13 - to reflect the mixed economy within the partnership.

However, from September 2020, both secondary academies will only accept pupils at 11 (Year 7).



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