Work to start on addressing surplus places

A new partnership is being established to help create a sustainable network of schools in the borough following the creation of a new academy.

Cabinet members at North Tyneside Council have pledged to work with headteachers and governors to address the impact of the Kings Priory Academy on the schools network.

The local authority says the new all-age academy will have an impact on surplus places, taking the council over the 20 per cent government target set for 2015-16.

On Monday, cabinet members agreed to the partnership to bring the headteachers and officers together to carry out a detailed analysis of the issues the borough needs to address over the rest of the school year.

The partnership will bring back proposals in June 2014 to try and secure a stable secondary network.

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “The government’s decision to create the Kings Priory Academy has had a destabilising and disproportionate impact on local authority schools that the council cannot ignore.

“The schools themselves are the key to helping us successfully shape a solution for the next five to ten years.”