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Friday, 27 November 2020

Council considers the future of a Nottinghamshire school

A full consultation on the school’s future will follow.


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Nottinghamshire County Council is considering proposals for Averham Manners Sutton Primary School, in Newark.

The Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee met on Monday 21 September and agreed to an initial consultation to examine options for the school’s future.

There has been a steady decline in the number of pupils at Averham Manners Sutton Primary School over the past few years, and there are no reception pupils arriving for the Autumn 2020 term. Currently there are no pupils on roll at the school.

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There are places at schools nearby and in the wider Newark Town planning area, the majority of which are within a two within a two-mile radius of the village. Many of these schools are projected to have surplus places in the coming five years.

The consultation will include all interested parties such as parents, local district and parish councils, teachers, staff, the school’s governing body, and neighbouring schools.

Councillor Philip Owen, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee Chairman said: “Given the drop in the number of pupils attending Manners Sutton School and with demand not expected to increase the Governors were correct in seeking a consultation about options for the school.

“Council officers were approached by the Governing Body and Headteacher earlier this year, where they raised concerns about the school’s long term viability and its capacity to offer a full curriculum. Also, I know some parents have expressed their concerns as well.

“We have to adapt to meet changing circumstances. We have an excellent record for providing sufficient school places for pupils across the county, and we will continue to ensure this is the case.

“There will be a full consultation, so everyone involved will have an opportunity to have their say.”