Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pressure Group to Fight for Rural Education

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pressure Group to Fight for Rural Education

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Parents fighting a controversial education shake-up in the North have formed a pressure group to protect rural schools.

The Rural Education in Northumberland group has been formed by parents in the countryside around Alnwick who felt that they were being left out of proposals to re-vamp schools in the area.

Northumberland County Council has been accused of ignoring parents' views now they have begun to draw up plans to close down certain schools.

The Rural Education group was formed after a meeting in Longframlington last week where parents and councillors protested that models best suited to the urban south-east of Northumberland were being forced onto rural areas.

It will meet informally next week, but members are also looking to attract other rural parents to put pressure on the county council.

Mother-of-four Lynn Roxburgh, from Longframlington, has helped form the new group.

She said: "The problem is that Northumberland has a very definite political map, with the south-east that is predominantly Labour and has 50% of the pupils living in 5% of the area. …

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