Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Proposals Will Threaten Future of Village Schools

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Proposals Will Threaten Future of Village Schools

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Parents and governors last night gave a largely hostile reaction to plans which would see the disappearance of Northumberland's middle schools and threaten the closure of some small village schools.

One of the options is for Morpeth's adjoining Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools to merge and form a new junior high school for hundreds of pupils aged 11 to 14. It would mean youngsters jumping straight from primary schools to high school without the existing middle tier of education.

Last night Gillian Brown of Morpeth, whose son Ben, 10, is a pupil at Chantry Middle, where his brother Christopher, 13, also attended, said: "I am quite happy with the way things are at the moment and don't see any need to get rid of middle schools.

"I like the idea of youngsters moving on to high school when they are 13 and a bit more mature than they are at 11.

"That is what I did when I was at school and I feel that going to a high school at 11 is too big a jump. …

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