Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Council Holds Line on King's Objection; Cabinet to Fight Gove Decision

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Council Holds Line on King's Objection; Cabinet to Fight Gove Decision

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Byline: Andrew Fowler? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk

NORTH Tyneside Council has agreed for its cabinet to take all necessary steps to persuade the Government to reconsider its decision on King's Priory Academy.

The news comes after it called an Extraordinary Council Meeting to discuss the decision of the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, to approve all the proposals for the academy.

Following the vote last night, which was won in favour of the reconsideration 37-7, North Tyneside Council met to take forward its objection and will ask for the Government to justify its decision on King's Priory Academy.

One option available, should the council still not be satisfied by the Government's decision, is to call for a Judicial review, but this is still some steps away in terms of legal procedures.

In an amended statement laid out at the meeting, it was asked that the council noted that: "Council is opposed to the King's Priory Academy proposals because of the impact on education across the whole of the borough and agrees to support cabinet in taking all appropriate steps to secure that the Department for Education reconsiders the decision to enter in to the funding agreement to create the King's Priory Academy to ensure that errors are rectified and the impact upon other schools is properly considered."

Supporting this statement, Councillor Nigel Huscroft said: "We are corporate parents and it is our duty to ensure that schoolchildren across our area receive the best education they can."

The meeting discussed at length the implications of the potential merger of the schools for North Tyneside's 30,000 pupils.

Councillor Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: "We cannot sit here and do nothing.

"There are errors in the Government's decision to approve the academy and they need to be both rectified as well as justified. …

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