Don't miss having your say on school proposals

14 July 2017

People in North Yarmouth are encouraged to have their say on a proposed new school, before consultation closes on 21 July.

Cllr Stuart Dark, vice chairman of the children’s services committee, said: “All the Council wants is to get the best result for the children of Great Yarmouth. We are proposing to invest more than £7 million in a new school, as we believe that would be more effective than smaller expansion projects at two sites.

“I would once more like to encourage as many people as possible to look at the facts and have their say, before consultation closes on 21 July. The Council has already held a number of public meetings, in a process formally agreed in advance with the headteachers and governors of both schools.

“As is often the case, reactions have included emotion, speculation and misinformation. I would reassure everyone that our consultation has been fair and open and the decision on whether to proceed to the next stage rests with the Director of Children’s Services.

“If these proposals go ahead, it would also mean that the Alderman Swindell building would become a much-needed school for children with special educational needs, many of whom are currently transported long distances, due to a lack of provision locally.

“Whatever the outcome of this consultation process, school staff will be treated fairly and in accordance with what is best for the children.”

 

Background

Norfolk County Council is currently consulting the public to proposals to replace Alderman Swindell Primary and North Denes Primary with a new, purpose-built school on the North Denes site, by September 2018.

All views from the consultation will be considered in the light of:

  • The impact of the proposal on the community

  • The proposed arrangements for pupils affected by the proposal

  • Travel impact of the proposal

For further details on the consultation, please visit our school consultations page.

The closing date for responses is 21 July 2017 and the online survey is available here.

Reports on education standards at the two current primary schools are available on the Ofsted website.

For political comment

Cllr Stuart Dark (Conservative) Vice Chairman of the Children’s Services Committee, on 07450 679355
Cllr Emma Corlett (Labour) on 07557 634891
Cllr Dr Edward Maxfield (Liberal Democrat) on 07449 706 215

 

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