Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

U-Turn over Academy in 15 Hours; Email Confusion over Plan

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

U-Turn over Academy in 15 Hours; Email Confusion over Plan

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COUNCIL bosses have criticised the Government for its "lack of thoroughness" after it apparently reconsidered plans for a controversial new academy within just 15 hours.

North Tyneside Council was objecting against proposals to merge the privately-run King's School with state-run Priory Primary School, in Tynemouth.

The authority received an email from the Secretary of State, Michael Gove, at 7pm on Thursday saying the original decision to set up the Kings Priory Academy would be reconsidered.

However, by 10.30am yesterday, a further letter was e-mailed from Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, saying: "The Secretary of State has decided to enter into funding arrangements with the Woodard Academy Trust having considered the matter afresh."

A council spokesman said: "We were pleased to receive the email at 7pm on Thursday confirming that the Secretary of State would withdraw the original decision and consider the Kings Priory proposal afresh. …

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